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TOP STORIES: Chinese Box Office Pushes Past $3B on December 03, 2013

Domestic films reign as Chinese box office surges past $3B. [The Hollywood Reporter]

China and South Korea strengthen co-production ties. [The Hollywood Reporter]

UK-China co-production treaty imminent. [Deadline]

 

CHINA: 'Gravity' Stays Strong, Crosses $50M on December 03, 2013

grav.pngGravity is the #1 film in China for a second consecutive week. The sci-fi film added $22.47 million in its second frame, reaching a $58.77 million cume in the market. Gravity’s weekly total nearly matches the 11-day cume of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence has struggled on the heels of Gravity, reporting a $24.18 million cume. An $11.1 million week wasn’t enough for Catching Fire to keep the #2 spot in the country. The White Storm washed out Catching Fire with a $12.94 million weekend bow, relegating the Hunger Games sequel to third place and putting the breaks on a blockbuster run in China for the young adult adaptation. Catching Fire is out of contention to match Gravity's $50M-plus run, looking instead to emulate the $40.76 million run of Escape Plan in China.

Epic had a moderate $3.65 million weekend debut in the market. The animated film has grossed $158.4 million overseas and $265.7 million worldwide. Thor: The Dark World reached a $55 million cume in China, the top overseas market for the superhero sequel. The latest Thor film broke the $400 million mark in the overseas box office over the weekend, with China contributing an additional $2.13 million from its fourth week in release. Red 2 is closing out its run in China under the $10 million mark. The action sequel took $460K in its third week to reach an $8.98 million total. 

Top Ten Films in Chna:

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'Epic' Takes $3.3M Debut on December 02, 2013

EpicStill.jpgEpic enjoyed a modest $3.3 million opening in China over the weekend. The animated film played in 2,080 screens and took fourth place in the market. Epic has been a moderate success after grossing $265.7 million globally ($158.4 million overseas), more than enough to cover the film’s $150 million production budget.  

'Gravity' Soars Above $50M on December 02, 2013

gravitystill.jpgGravity broke the $50 million mark over its second weekend in China, reaching a $56.7 million cume. The sci-fi film played in 5,854 screens in its second week in the market, taking $11.8 million from the weekend and $20.5 million over the entire week. Gravity opened head-to-head against The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in China and has carved a clear lead at the box office over its release window rival.

CHINA: 'Gravity' Puts Out 'Catching Fire' in Head-to-Head Battle on November 26, 2013

grav.pngGravity rocked The Hunger: Games Catching Fire as the two films faced off in a head-to-head battle for the Chinese box office. The sci-fi film opened two-days before Catching Fire to finish its with a six-day $35.7 million bow. The Hunger Games sequel finished its first frame in China with a four-day cume of $12.9 million. 

Thor: The Dark World slid down to third place after taking in $6.3 million in its third frame. The Thor sequel crossed the $50 million milestone in the country and is currently reporting a $52.7 million total. China is the biggest overseas market for Thor: The Dark World.

Escape Plan enjoyed its third full week in China with a $4.5 million tally. The Stallone/Schwarzenegger vehicle has already overcome North America’s $24.4 million theatrical run with China’s $38.9 million cume.

Top Ten Films in China:

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