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
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