Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'The Island' Holds off 'The Meg' for Top Spot

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'The Island' Holds off 'The Meg' for Top Spot

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New openers ’Europe Raiders’, ‘Go Brother’ and ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ couldn’t hit the heights.

Holdovers The Island and The Meg fought off new competitors to remain top at the Chinese box office in the week of Aug 13-19, as Europe Raiders, Go Brother and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation didn’t break out in a big way.

‘The Island’

Local comedian-turned-director Huang Bo’s The Island kept the lead in its second week with $82.9m for $159.3m after 10 days. It has become the third highest grossing summer release and the 10th highest grossing film overall, both for this year. The offbeat comedy about an odd group of coworkers who find themselves shipwrecked on an island stars Huang, Shu Qi and Wang Baoqiang.

Giant shark action thriller The Meg moved up one place to second with $65.2m for $114.9m after 10 days. Starring Jason Statham and Chinese actress Li Bingbing, this US-China co-production between Warner Bros and Gravity Pictures has found success beyond the two markets as it has crossed $300m worldwide.

In third spot was action thriller Europe Raiders which raked in $19.3m from its first three days. It debuted promisingly in second place on Friday, but dropped off to the fifth and the seventh place on the weekend due to negative word of mouth. Hong Kong director Jingle Ma returns along with actor Tony Leung Chiu-Wai for this third installment of the Raiders franchise, following 2000’s Tokyo Raiders and 2005’s Seoul Raiders. …

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