'Beauty And The Beast' breaks records at China Box office

Logan hits $100m; A Dog’s Purpose holds onto second spot.

'Beauty And The Beast' breaks records at China Box office

Led by Beauty And The Beast, Hollywood continued to blossom at the Chinese box office in the week of Mar 13-19 despite the continuing downward trend of the weekly box office. Last week’s box office dropped an approximately 9% week-on-week.

Disney’s live-action remake of its animation Beauty And The Beast took the top spot with $46.74m from its three-day opening debut, representing about 48% of the week’s total box office. It has also become the biggest Disney live-action debut in China, with its opening numbers almost matched that of its live-action/CG hybrid Jungle Book, which went on to gross $142m  (based on current exchange rate) last year.

A Dog’s Purpose held on tight to the second spot in its third week with $21.56m. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, the family film which revolves around a devoted dog has become a surprise hit with a 17-day total of $75.43m. It marked the first film from Amblin Partners since its partnership with Alibaba Pictures last October.

Two-time former table-topper Logan, dropped to third with $13.52m for $101.01m after 17 days. Fox’s Wolverine spin-off is expected to surpass 2014’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past, but probably not 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

It was followed by Sony’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter on $6.16m for $159.41m after 24 days; and the re-release of 2009’s McDull, Kung Fu Kindergarten from the most popular Hong Kong animation franchise with $1.10m.

The rest of the chart was filled by holdovers: Japanese fantasy film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV on $1.02m for $4.07m after 10 days; animated musical Sing on $0.75m for $30.40m after 31 days; Michael Grandage’s Genius on $0.63m for $2.00m after 10 days; local horror Death Oujia 2 on $0.62m for 41.65m after 10 days; and animation The Lego Batman Movie on $0.51m for $5.88m after 17 days.

Upcoming releases include Top Funny Comedian: The Movie, Kong: Skull Island and The Summer Is Gone, all dated for Mar 24.

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