Transformers: Age of Extinction added $5.4 million to its Chinese tally over the weekend, its fifth frame in the market. The Transformers film played at 3,800 locations and reported a $1.4 million bump from IMAX sales. China is the top global market for the film with a $301 million cume, nearly a third of the movie's $963.3 million global total. China's Age of Extinction IMAX cume currently stands at $36 million.
Local teen drama Tiny Times 3.0 posted a healthy $50.1 million haul over four days, which was enough to edge Transformers: Age of Extinction out of first place. Age of Extinction is currently up to an impressive $306.3 million in China after taking in another $26.1 million.
The Tiny Times franchise is quite polarizing in China. While author/director Guo Jingming's films have clearly struck a chord with many young fans, others blast the franchise for its emphasis on material wealth. It's also quick to be labeled "Sex and the City without the sex."
Age of Extinction's strength in China continues to impress. There is no way that the North American haul will hit $300 million, so China has cemented its position as the #1 market for the sci-fi extravaganza.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is still earning in China. The film grossed $9.6 million from 4,400 locations in its fourth weekend in the market, bringing its local cume up to $285.7 million.
Tuesday Update: EntGroup reports that Transformers: Age of Extinction is now up to a staggering $280 million in China after 17 days in release. The typical run for a film in China is 30 days.
Sunday Update: Transformers: Age of Extinction took on another $25 million over its third weekend in China. The film played in 4,400 locations in the market and fell just 52% from its previous frame. The film produced $3.3 million of its weekend haul from 152 IMAX screens in the nation, taking its Chinese IMAX cume up to $29.5 million. It is the highest grossing IMAX title of all time in the market, exceeding the $24 million take from Avatar. Age of Extinction has grossed a total of $262.6 million in China, more than $50 million ahead of its current North American tally.
Tuesday Update: Entgroup reports that Transformers: Age of Extinction has earned a staggering $222.7 million after 10 days of release in China, which pushes it past Avatar's $221.9 million haul. (Avatar's total is not adjusted for inflation.)
Age of Extinction has yet to crack $200 million in North America.
Sunday Update: China continues to be the top global market for Transformers: Age of Extinction, where the Michael Bay popcorn flick has already grossed a world-leading $212.8 million, over $35 million than what it has grossed in North America. The film is already doubling the earnings of the previous installment of the franchise in China. Age of Extinction had a bigger weekend in China than in North America, where it posted a $50.9 million haul compared to the Holiday tally of $36.4 million in North America. The film has grossed a total of $22.7 million in the IMAX format and is only days away from beating the $24 million IMAX record in the country that was established by Avatar.