Star Trek Into Darkness grossed $25 million in its opening week to become the top film in China, according to sources at Paramount. The sci-fi sequel played in over 8,000 cinemas and nearly tripled the overall cume of the previous film in the country. Children's Day, celebrated on June 1st, presented a great opportunity for the latest Star Trek entry, which proved popular with Chinese audiences. The holiday was also a highlight for The Croods, which grossed $2.5 million over the weekend, according to sources at Fox, a good hold after the previous week's 7-day $4.85 million take.
The Hollywood Reporter is stating that the $25 million debut from Star Trek Into Darkness was enough to overtake former #1 film American Dreams in China. THR's source claims the domestic film brought in $17.9 million last week to land in second place.
Entgroup tells BoxOffice that Star Trek Into Darkness has grossed $6.8 million as of May 29. The sci-fi flick started with preview shows on May 27 in China.
American Dreams in China led the Chinese box office in its second week. The Chinese film grossed an eye-opening $33.3 million over the last week, reaching a $50.5 million total in its home market. The film has its sights set on overtaking fellow Chinese hit So Young, which grossed $3.63 million in its fifth week to reach a $113.2 million cume. Iron Man 3 landed in a distant second place in the weekly box office chart, grossing $7.13 million to take its cumulative total in China to an impressive $118.07 million -its most important overseas market. The Croods passed G.I. Joe: Retaliation in China this week with a better-than-expected $56.29 cume. Oblivion will be happy with the $22.29 million it has grossed in 17 days, especially considering its packed release date. The same cannot be said about Django Unchained, a disappointing flop in China with a $2.65 million gross after 15 days.
Box Office Results for China. Week Culminating on May 28, 2013.
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
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.