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.
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.
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.