China Lion reports that Back to 1942, a drama about an overlooked Chinese famine, has grossed $308,781 in North America. Back to 1942 is currently playing at only one location, down from a peak of 11.
Back to 1942's total in China is $57.4 million.
Lost in Thailand easily finished in first place during the 12/24-12/30 frame. The comedic sequel added another $42.2 million, pushing its haul to $150.9 million. Lost in Thailand will soon pass Titanic 3D's $155.3 million haul in China to become the #3 film of all time. The top two spots belong to Avatar ($203.8 million) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($172.3 million).
CZ12 finished in second with $41.3 million for a total of $76.5 million after 11 days of release. CZ12 now ranks in 13th place on China's all-time highest grosses list.
The Last Tycoon finished in third with $8.1 million for a cume of $11.7 million.
The Flying Guillotines landed in fourth with $3.7 million, pushing its total to $7.9 million.
In fifth place, Bleeding Mountain grabbed $520,000 for a total of $820,000.
SARFT estimates that the Chinese box office will total $2.7 billion (16.8 billion yuan) in 2012. Domestic films will account for $1.8 billion, or slightly less than half. That marks the first time in four years that foreign films (read: mostly Hollywood) have represented more than 50 percent of the box office.
China Film Biz reports that 20th Century Fox had the best year with a total box office haul of $376 million in China.
Wednesday Update: Lost in Thailand has passed Painted Skin 2 in order to become the highest grossing domestic film of all time in China. As of December 25, EntGroup reports that Lost in Thailand's haul is $122.2 million (762 million RMB). Painted Skin 2 set the domestic record this past summer by grossing $114.5 million (720 million RMB).
The top three films on the Chinese all-time list are still from Hollywood: Avatar ($203.8 million), Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($172.3 million), Titanic ($155.3 million).
Tuesday Update: The Chinese box office is booming thanks to two homegrown flicks.
Lost in Thailand finished in first place during the week of 12/17-12/23 with a staggering $59 million. The comedy has grossed $107 million in 12 days, which already puts it in 5th place on China's all-time highest grosses list. Lost in Thailand will have no problem passing Painted Skin 2's $114.5 million haul to become China's #1 domestic hit.
Jackie Chan's CZ12 is also off to an incredible start. The action flick has $35 million in the bank after only 4 days.
Life of Pi finished its run in China by adding another $4.7 million last week. Reports from Fox put the film's total at $90.8 million.
The Flying Guillotines opened in fourth place with $4.2 million after 4 days.
The Last Tycoon rounded out the top five with $3.6 million after 3 days.
Monday (12/24/12) Update: 20th Century Fox has updated the Chinese total to $90.8 million.
Sunday (12/23/12) Update: 20th Century Fox reports that Life of Pi crossed $90 million for its theatrical run. The film's run in China ends today.
Sunday (12/16/12) Update: 20th Century Fox estimates that Life of Pi grossed $6.9 million in China over the weekend. The stirring drama is now sitting pretty with $84.3 million in China, which is by far the strongest market the film has opened in. India is in a distant second with $12.2 million. Life of Pi now ranks #12 on the all-time list behind Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D.