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China Box Office: ‘Kong’ Roars to $70-Million Opening Weekend Win

Variety logo Variety 3/27/2017 Patrick Frater
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Kong: Skull Island” enjoyed a massive win during its opening weekend in China, positioning itself to overtake second-place “Beauty and The Beast” in overall grosses in the Middle Kingdom after just four days of release.

“Kong” scored $68.5 million, according to local data service Ent Group. Overseas distributor Warner Bros. reported the figure as $72.1 million.

Those numbers were achieved on some 18,000 screens, according to Warner. They delivered more than 115,000 screenings per day, Ent Group said. About $6.5 million came from 387 IMAX Screens.

The gross was the second-largest opening in China for an international film this year. It accounted for about 70% of the nationwide weekend total.

Holdover “Beauty” took a big 71% tumble, falling to $12.1 million from $42.8 million in its opening weekend. After 10 days it stands on $73.2 million.

Chinese new release “Top Funny Man: The Movie” debuted in third place with $6.99 million. But with declining scores on Saturday and Sunday, it looks set to sink quickly.

“A Dog’s Purpose” took fourth place with $3.68 million in its fourth weekend. That gives it a total of $84.6 million after 24 days.

“Logan” was the only other film that managed to take in $1 million over the weekend. It scored $1.04 million in its fourth weekend, for a cumulative total of $105 million.

Lagging far behind were new release “The Summer is Gone” with $440,000; holdover animated feature “McDull: Kung Fu Kindergarten” with $420,000; “Sing” with $270,000 and a cumulative total of $31.2 million; “The Lego Batman Movie” with $240,000 for a cumulative of $6.1 million; and previews of “Extraordinary Mission” with $230,000.

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