“#Aquaman” comfortably dominated the Chinese box office for the second weekend. It dropped 47% in its second week, but again accounted for the majority of all cinema business nationwide.
The watery superhero movie earned 53.9 million, according to data from exhibition and distribution consultancy Artisan Gateway. It played on some 25,000 screens, or nearly half of those available in China. That included 559 IMAX screens, delivering 5m, and lifting the film’s IMAX China cumulative to 18.4m. After 10 days on release, its cumulative total has swelled to 189 million.
Japanese animated feature “My Neighbor Totoro” was the weekend surprise package. Released for the first time in China, some 30 years after its bow in Japan the Hayao Miyazaki-directed, Studio Ghibli-produced crowd pleaser earned 13 million in three days. It is assumed that the film was widely pirated in the three prior decades.
It comfortably beat Indian fact-based drama “Padman,” about a man whodevises a means of locally producing low-cost sanitary pads for women. It is the second issues-based film starring Akshay Kumar to be released in China this year, following “Toilet – Ek Prem Katha,” which earned 14.3 million. “Padman” managed 5.2 million.
American animation, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” opened with a weak 2.8 million in fourth place. Tech-driven mystery thriller, “Searching” pulled in 2.7 million in fifth place.
Artisan Gateway reports the aggregate weekend box office at 83 million, including fees charged by online ticketing agencies. That keeps the year-to-date total at 8.47 billion (inclusive of fees), or some 10.8% ahead of last year.
Posted by Grandybigs
on 17 Dec 2018
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