Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Ready Player One' Debuts Top

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Ready Player One' Debuts Top

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Sci-fi adaptation becomes Steven Spielberg’s highest grossing film in China.

‘Ready Player One’

Last month became the biggest March in China’s box office history, clocking up over $850m. Combined with the biggest February, the first quarter of 2018 has soared past $3.36 billion.

Unlike most territories, it wasn’t an Easter holiday weekend in China. In the week of Mar 26-Apr 1, Hollywood retained its dominance as Ready Player One became the fourth consecutive US film to top the charts.

Warner Bros’ sci-fi adaptation took $64.3m from its three-day opening weekend, beating the 2013 re-release of Jurassic Park in 3D to become Steven Spielberg’s highest grossing film in China. It also achieved a bigger debut than North America, making China its biggest market so far.

The top three spots all went to US films. …

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