China Box Office Report: 'Monster Hunt' Becomes #1 Film Of All Time
on September 12, 2015
UPDATED: China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television reports that Monster Hunt has now passed Furious 7 to become the highest-grossing film of all time in China. The animation/live-action hybrid is now up to $380.9 million in China, just edging the $380.6 million tally of Furious 7.
By Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice
After a record breaking summer, China's booming box office reached ￥29.75 billion ($4.67B) on Tuesday and surpassed 2014's annual total in just 246 days; it took over a month longer for last year's box office to surpass the 2013 total. At this point, China's film industry is on track for a 40% increase over last year and a total of ￥45 billion ($7.07B).
This was a truncated weekend in China as the 3-day Victory Day Holiday during the week meant Chinese citizens had to go back to school and work on Sunday. Accordingly, Sunday's box office total was just $6.7M, 50% below Saturday and the lowest daily total in months. The market should rebound this upcoming week with the release of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Minions.
Meanwhile, Terminator: Genisys took home its third straight weekend crown with $11 million from ~109K showtimes and has a 15-day total of $109 million. China overtook the US total of $89.6 million on Wednesday. Genisys will lose most of its screen percentage to Mission: Impossible and has perhaps $10-15 million left in its tank.
In second place, holdover The Dead End (烈日灼心) dropped just 40% in its second frame and earned $9.25 million from ~92K showtimes. The crime drama has grossed $41.8 million in 11 days of release. The Dead End is finding a sizable female demographic attracted by the 3 lead males who won a joint Best Actor award at this year's Shanghai International Film Festival.
Newcomer Office (华丽上班族) from Hong Kong master Johnnie To opened earlier in the week to take advantage of the holiday and has grossed $6.75 million through Sunday.
In fourth place, Monster Hunt (捉妖记) continues its quest to become the highest-grossing film of all-time in China, edging closer to Furious 7 with $2.16 million this weekend from just ~15,000 screenings. At today's conversion rate, Monster Hunt's total is $379 million to Furious 7's $381 million, but adjusting for the recent currency devaluation which happened more than a month into its run, Monster Hunt has earned about $385 million to Furious 7's $391 million. In local currency, however, Monster Hunt is just ￥8.7 million short of Furious 7 and will become the #1 movie of all-time in China sometime this week.
Rounding out the top five, a French/Brazilian co-produced family film set in the Amazon, Amazonia grossed $1.7 million from ~21.5K screenings.
Also worth mentioning, last weekend's surprise second place film The Hundred Regiments Offensive (百团大战) plummeted 92% after a government directive ordering theater chains to fulfill certain box office quotas expired on Wednesday. It will end its run around $60 million, almost all of which was earned through market manipulation.
The rest of this weekend's top ten can be found below with data from China's EntGroup.
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