Black Panther wins China’s Box Office
By Faith Magbanua, March 13, 2018 04:03 AM
The highly anticipated Marvel film, "Black Panther" opened on top of the China box office with a strong $66 million gross, beating the odds that Chinese audiences would not easily warm to a film with black lead actors.
The film debuted fiercely on Friday and conquered on each of its first three days. According to the data from Ent Group, it shows that the film's earning $20.7 million on Friday from 107,000 screenings; $27.1 million on Saturday on 110,000 screenings; and $17.6 million on Sunday from 108,000 outings. It also enjoyed $1.4 million of previews and midnight screenings on Thursday.
On the other hand, "Operation Red Sea," which surpassed the chart last week fell to second place. It grossed $23.5 million in its fourth weekend, lifting its total to $527 million after 24 days. That makes "Red Sea" the top film of 2018 in China and the top film among the pack of films released at Chinese New Year, when it opened in fourth place.
"Detective Chinatown 2" placed third with $10.2 million. Its cumulative after 24 days is $520 million.
"Amazing China," the government backed documentary, placed fourth in its second week. It earned $8.07 million for a 10-day cumulative of $35.9 million.
India's "Bajrangi Bhijaan" came fifth for the second week with a strong hold. It earned $8.00 million, only 5% down on its opening $8.44 million score. Its cumulative after 10 days is $26.1 million.
Another holdover, "Peter Rabbit" took $4.00 million. Its cumulative is $19.9 million after 10 days.
New release animation, "Duck Duck Goose" took seventh place with $3.35 million.
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri" held eighth place with a score of $2.25 million. Its cumulative is $6.95 million after 10 years.
Japanese sports comedy, "Mix" opened with $1.82 million in ninth place.
"Monster Hunt 2," which once topped the Chinese New Year ratings, took tenth spot. It scored $1.63 million, for a cumulative $351 million after 24 days.
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