American Dreams in China was the first film to topple the reign of Iron Man 3 in China. The Chinese film grossed $17.02 million over the weekend, the first three days of its release. The weekend release reflects a big draw, outgrossing the $13.4 million weekly total of Iron Man 3. Iron Man 3 has now grossed over $110 million in China, its biggest overseas market. So Young continued to post strong numbers, grossing $9.31 million over its fourth week and reach a $109.52 million cume. Oblivion came in fourth place, grossing $8.62 million in its second week for a $17.99 million cume. The Croods crossed the $50 million mark in China with a $6.27 million weekend that saw its Chinese total go to $51.4 million. Django Unchained fizzled in China, only grossing $2.16 million after its first complete week in release.
Box office results for China. May 14-21, 2013
CHINA: 'American Dreams in China' Tops 'Iron Man 3' on May 20, 2013
THR reports that Iron Man 3 dropped from the top spot at the Chinese box office last week. Domestic flick American Dreams in China reportedly grossed $16.3 million since its May 17 premiere, while the Robert Downey Jr. superhero film grossed $13.5 million over the entire week. THR's article reports a $114 million cume for Iron Man 3 in China and goes on to list a struggling $16 million total for Oblivion, impressive $52 million for The Croods, and underwhelming $2.11 million for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
CHINA: 'Iron Man 3' Reaches $109.5M in China on May 19, 2013
Iron Man 3 is still prevailing at the Chinese box office. The superhero film reached a $109.5 total in the market, the most important in its overseas run and a crucial factor of its record-breaking $1.073 billion global total. The Chinese market has been a strong catalyst to impulse Iron Man 3 into becoming the 9th highest-grossing film of all time in the global box office. It holds the record for the biggest opening day and weekend of all time in China.
CHINA: 'Iron Man 3' Breezes Past $100 Million on May 17, 2013
Disney reports that Iron Man 3 now up to $104 million in China. That puts it way ahead of the $91.4 million haul of The Avengers. The real test now will be whether or not it can come close to the $172.3 million haul of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Iron Man 3 scored another big week in China despite the high-profile openings of Oblivion and Django Unchained. Robust box office numbers for other current releases like So Young, the domestic record-breaking drama, and surprising crowd favorites The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, meant that the packed release schedule will produce disappointing numbers for at least one of the big Hollywood films.
Oblivion came out alive in third place, grossing $9.24 million behind runaway hits So Young ($23.04M) and Iron Man 3 ($32.72M). The Tom Cruise film won't hit the blockbuster numbers of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, but should be happy with its performance considering the heavy blow sustained by Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. The Blaxploitation Western only grossed $600,000 after its May 12 release and can be counted as the latest victim of China's stringent policies for importing films.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation saw its run stall five weeks into release but will have few complaints since it has already grossed $53.8 million in China. The Croods was the week's other Hollywood survivor, grossing $8.62 million in its fourth week to reach a $45.04 million cume in China.
Weekly Box Office Results for China.