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Even though it underperformed in North America, The Mummy found a receptive audience in China, where it scored a huge opening.
With a screening share of 40.8%, the supernatural thriller earned RMB354 million (US$52.1 million) from approximately 9.93 million admissions over its first three days of release plus early previews.
This beats Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation for the biggest opening weekend for a Tom Cruise film. It’s also way above the film’s estimated US$32.2 million opening in North America.
However, The Mummy is not likely to hold the momentum in the coming days, hurt by negative word-of-mouth online (average Douban score: 4.8/10) and the arrival of Alien: Covenant this weekend.
With a week-on-week drop of approximately 65.6%, Wonder Woman dropped to second place, earning RMB90.7 million (US$13.3 million) from approximately 2.52 million admissions with an average screen share of 15.3% between Friday and Sunday. The superhero adventure has made RMB476 million (US$70 million) after two weekends.
Local youth romance How Are You (李雷和韓梅梅) opened in fifth place. With an average screening share of 12.3%, the Dadi Century Films release earned RMB30.8 million (US$4.53 million) from approximately 1.06 million admissions over its first three days of release plus early previews.
Inspired by two characters from English textbooks (Li Lei and Han Meimei), the Yang Yongchun film stars teen star Wendy Zhang as an English-challenged student who falls for a classmate who speaks fluent English, played by Zhang Yijie.
In its third weekend with a screening share of 10.8%, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales earned an additional RMB50.9 million (US$7.49 million) from approximately 1.45 million admissions between Friday and Sunday. The Walt Disney release has made RMB1.10 billion (US$162 million).
Holding a screening share of 7.6%, Bollywood drama Dangal earned an additional RMB34.4 million (US$5.06 million) in its sixth weekend. The wrestling film has made RMB1.22 billion (US$179 million).
New local releases Love Without Words (忠愛無言) and Monster Mayhem (異獸來襲) earned RMB2.5 million (US$368,000) and RMB2.03 million (US$299,000) over their first three days on release, respectively.
Alien: Covenant, 52 Hz I Love You (52赫茲我愛你) and China Salesman (中國推銷員) open this weekend.