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Wonder Woman had no trouble capturing the top spot at the China box office with no real challenger in sight.
With an average screening share of approximately 35.2%, Wonder Woman earned RMB263 million (US$38.7 million) from approximately 7.18 million admissions over its first three days on release. It’s only about half of Warner Brothers’ biggest China opening this year (Kong: Skull Island), but it’s the second biggest opening weekend for a DC Extended Universe film, behind Batman V Superman’s RMB373 million (US$54.8 million) opening, which led to a total gross of RMB619 million (US$91 million) last March.
Suicide Squad did not receive a theatrical release in China, though it’s available legally on at least one internet video platform.
Wanda and Tencent Pictures are listed as co-producers on the superhero film, which was released only on 3-D and IMAX 3-D.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales dropped to second place, earning an additional RMB76.2 million (US$11.2 million) from 3.37 million admissions between Friday and Sunday. The Disney release retained a screening share of approximately 22.4% over the weekend and has made RMB984 million (US$145 million) after ten days on release, and it’s now officially Johnny Depp’s highest grossing film in China.
Bollywood drama Dangal (दंगल) remained strong despite dropping to third place. With an average screening share of 12.6%, the wrestling drama earned an additional RMB63.1 million (US$9.27 million) between Friday and Sunday. The Nitesh Tiwari film has made RMB1.15 billion (US$169 million) after 31 days on release.
With a screening share of only 9.67% over the weekend, Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctica Kachi Kochi (ドラえもん のび太の南極カチコチ大冒険) dropped to fourth place, earning RMB28.3 million (US$4.15 million) from approximately 946,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. The Japanese animated film has made RMB114 million (US$16.8 million), surpassing Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016 (ドラえもん 新‧のび太の日本誕生) as the highest grossing film of the franchise in China.
Local romantic drama Beautiful Accident (美好的意外) opened in fifth place, earning only RMB10.9 million (US$1.6 million) from 360,000 admissions with a screening share of only 6.23% over its first three days on release.
Directed by Malaysia’s Ho Wi-ding (Pinoy Sunday 台北星期天), Beautiful Accident stars Gwei Lun-mei as an attorney who returns to the human world as a housewife after dying in a car accident. The film was produced by Huayi Brothers.
In North America, Beautiful Accident earned an estimated US$25,000 from 15 locations over its first three days on release. The film is distributed by China Lion.
James Gray’s Lost City of Z was also lost in cinemas. With a screening share of only 5.6%, the adventure drama earned only RMB4.54 million (US$667,000) from approximately 160,000 admissions over its first three days on release.
Roughly 37 minutes of the original cut was excised for the Chinese theatrical release by the local distributor, a fact that has not been lost on Chinese netizens.
The Mummy opens this weekend.