CHINA: Dennie Gordon Triumphs in Chinese Debut with 'My Lucky Star' on September 24, 2013
U.S. director Dennie Gordon has a large number of television
credits and three feature films on her resume: the David Spade vehicle Joe
Dirt (2001), the Amanda Bynes vehicle What
a Girl Wants (2003), and the Olsen twins vehicle New York Minute (2004).
Nearly ten years later, she might have the biggest success of her career after directing her first film in China. The Chinese film My Lucky Star is the top grossing film in
China this week, no small feat for Dennie Gordon's first try at connecting with Chinese audiences. Gordon has succeeded in making a top-grossing Chinese film as a U.S. director, a feat that Keanu Reeves was unable to accomplish earlier this year with the flop 47 Ronin.
Chinese star Zhang Ziyi reprises her role from the 2009 hit Sophie's Revenge in this light-hearted spy flick prequel, a tone that Gordon is familiar with in her U.S. work. My Lucky Star has earned a successful $13.54 million in its first weekend in China and has the potential of becoming the highest-grossing film in Gordon's career.
Legal drama Silent Witness posted a resilient hold in its second week, adding an impressive $12.48 million to take its domestic total to $19.36 million. The hold was strong enough to overshadow the debut of Turbo, which came below Fox's Sunday estimates of $9.9 million with EntGroup reporting an opening take of $8.48 million.
The Smurfs 2 and Elysium continued their positive runs in China. The animated sequel added $8.15 million in its first full week of release, reaching an $18.22 million total. Sony's sci-fi flick grossed $3.98 million to take its 18-day total to a healthy $24.45 million. The Great Gatsby has had a consistent run, even without posting blockbuster numbers in China. The literary adaptation has grossed a total of $13.34 million from the market.
Top 10 Films in China.
Data courtesy of Entgroup.
'Turbo' Tops Non-Chinese Releases with $9.8M Debut on September 23, 2013
Turbo raced to a third place finish in China over the weekend. The animated film had a strong $9.8 million debut across 482 screens, making the film the top non-Chinese title on the market over the weekend.
TOP STORIES: A Jackie Chan Theme Park; Piracy Concerns; 'My Lucky Star' Concern on September 19, 2013
My Lucky Star reviewed by the L.A. Times. [L.A. Times]
Jackie Chan is planning his own theme park in Beijing. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Chinese film and music industries on alarm over piracy. [The China Post]
CHINA: 'Smurfs 2' Takes the Weekend with $9.9M Debut; 'Elysium' Breaks $20M on September 18, 2013
A $9.9 million opening weekend for The Smurfs 2 was enough to edge out a strong hold from Elysium as the animated sequel claimed the top spot at the Chinese box office. Elysium brought in $8.3 million over its first full week in release, taking its overall total to $20.4 million. It's a promising start for Sony's late-summer sci-fi effort, as the film has already grossed a total of $144.1 million overseas. Sci-fi has posted good numbers in China this year, with films like Oblivion, Star Trek Into Darkness, After Earth, and Pacific Rim all enjoying positive results from the market.
The domestic film Silent Witness took third place with a $6.7 million three-day total. The film's strong cast was unable to net a better result for the legal thriller. The Great Gatsby reached a $12.3 million total in its third frame and Jurassic Park 3D finished the weekend with a $55.8 million cume. Jurassic Park 3D has grossed over $10 million more in China than in its North American run.
Top 10 Films in China. Week Culminating on September 16, 2013