The Chinese box office registered a record-setting $41 million during the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The strong haul is led by strong performances from domestic new releases, including a $64.3 million running total for The Monkey King, a 3D adaptation of the ever popular Journey to the West stories. Reality TV adaptation Dad, Where are We Going? has now grossed over $50 million after recording a second place finish over the weekend with a $34 million haul.
Other top domestic earners during the holiday include the crime/comedy caper The Man from Macau ($15.5M) and romantic comedy Ace in the Hole ($4.3M).
Jack Ryan slowed down in its third weekend in China, taking $300k from 2,800 screens as the Chinese New Year brought in a number of new releases into the market.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has had moderate success in China with a $24.3 million local cume. China is the most important overseas market in the film's $61.1 million overseas run across 55 territories.
Boonie Bears bumped the Minions during the Chinese animated film's first full week at the box office. The Bears grossed $13.27 million over 139,092 screenings in the last week, registering over 2 million admissions in China. The strong weekly gross lifted the Bears to a $29.75 million total in the film's home market. Despicable Me 2 put up a strong fight in its second full week, adding $12.09 million in its latest frame to bring its Chinese tally up to $36.26 million.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit continued to be the highest grossing live action film in China during its second weekend in release. The action film grossed $11.64 million across its 137,400 showings in its first full week on the market, registering over 2.1 million admissions. Jack Ryan has enjoyed moderate success in China despite not ranking above the #3 spot in its first two frames and is currently reporting a $21.38 million total in the country.
Ender's Game posted another mid-tabe finish in China with a $3.42 million hold to break the $20 million mark. The sci-fi flick has grossed a total of $20.97 million in China.
Top Ten Films in China:
Data courtesy of Entgroup.
Boonie Bears, a home-grown animated film, moved past Despicable Me to claim the top spot at the box office in China. Boonie Bears is up $29.8 million in China, while Despicable Me 2 boasts an impressive $46.3 million haul with room to grow.
Elsewhere in the top 10, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit bumped its total to a solid $21.4 million.
Full top 10 chart coming later today...