Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Dying to Survive' Stays Top, Big-Budget Fantasy 'Asura' Flops

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Dying to Survive' Stays Top, Big-Budget Fantasy 'Asura' Flops

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The comedy drama held off challengers including ‘Hidden Man’.

‘Dying To Survive’

Dying To Survive continued to thrive at the Chinese box office in the period of Jul 9-15, as new opener Hidden Man failed to take it down from the top.

Dying To Survive maintained an astounding momentum in its second week and added $159.7m for $350.2m after 11 days. It has fast become the third highest grossing film of 2018, after Operation Red Sea and Detective Chinatown 2. It has also outpaced Monster Hunt and Fast And Furious 7 to become the sixth highest grossing film of all time in the territory.

But it may end up behind last summer’s champion Wolf Warriors 2, currently the highest grossing film in Chinese cinema history. Its 11-day total was about 22% short of Wolf Warriors 2 based on the same period although it debuted 33% higher.

Dying To Survive is a comedy drama with rare social realist themes, about the import of illicit leukemia medicine into China. It is directed by newcomer Wen Muye and features top Chinese star Xu Zheng who also produces with Ning Hao.

In second place, Hidden Man took $44.1m from its three-day opening weekend, representing the best debut for a Jiang Wen-directed film. On its Friday opening day, it almost tied with Dying To Survive, but the gap became wider over the weekend. …

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