Hollywood is ready to start rolling out more blockbusters in China.
Warner Bros. has already confirmed that The Hobbit will open on February 22. Now sources tell Boxoffice that three other films are set to open in the Middle Kingdom: Les Misérables on 2/28 with an IMAX release being planned by Wanda; A Good Day to Die Hard on 3/16 and Oz: The Great and Powerful also on 3/16. Both A Good Day to Die Hard and Oz will play on IMAX screens. We are waiting for official confirmation.
Les Mis has tallied a solid $37 million haul in South Korea and nearly $5 million in Hong Kong, so it should do well in China. As of Tuesday, the musical's global haul is $314.5 million.
A Good Day to Die Hard could follow in the footsteps of The Expendables 2, a $53.1 million hit in China. Or it could end up closer to the $20.2 million haul of Looper.
As for Oz: The Great and Powerful, the benchmark will be the $34.6 million haul of Alice in Wonderland in 2010. Oz star James Franco isn't as big of a global draw as Alice star Johnny Depp, but the Chinese box office has grown so much since Alice opened--an 87% jump from 2010 to 2012--that Oz could still end up passing Tim Burton's fantasy flick.
Entgroup reports that as of January 27, Skyfall is up to $34.5 million in China. The spy film was able to overshadow The Mythical Ark: Adventures in Love and Happiness, a Chinese animated flick that opened in second with $9.8 million from January 21-27.
Lost in Thailand is running out of steam even though it's so close to topping Avatar's $203. 8 million record-setting haul in China. The comedy grabbed $1.4 million this past week, pushing its total to $197.4 million.
Elsewhere in the top 10, Gone, an American thriller starring Amanda Seyfried, managed only $630K in three days. Gone grossed only $11.7 million in North America last February.
The past week's box office total was $387.6 million, a 34% increase over the previous week and an 18% increase over the same week last year.
Grosses for the week of Jan. 21-27, 2013:
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Skyfall is doing brisk business in China. The spy flick is up to $34.4 million after seven days, Sony reports. The launch is 4% bigger than the first week of The Amazing Spider-Man and 9% bigger than the first week of The Dark Knight Rises. The opening already puts Skyfall just outside the top 50 on China's all-time highest grosses list.
Rampant piracy and complaints of censorship may be hurting Skyfall, but it's still holding its own. When it comes to historical comparisons, it seems Skyfall will end up closer to Inception ($70.4 million in China) than Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol ($102.5 million).
Sony reports that Skyfall earned $17.9 million in four days of release in China. That means it will have no problem passing Quantum of Solace's $20.8 million haul after just seven days.
Skyfall is performing well even though rampant piracy and complaints about the film being censored are stifling the spy flick.