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Spider-man swings to top of China box office

Spider-man swings to top of China box office

By Kevin Ma

Tue, 13 May 2014, 16:00 PM (HKT)

Box Office News

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) sequel swung to the top of the China box office this weekend after a strong opening last Sunday.

Between Friday and Sunday, the superhero sequel made RMB165 million (US$26.4 million) from approximately 4.22 million admissions. After eight days in cinemas, the Marc WEBB film has made RMB347 million (US$55.7 million). It accounted for approximately 35% of all screenings nationwide over the weekend.

Opening on the same day as The Dark Knight Rises (2012) two years ago, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) made RMB227 million (US$36.4 million) in its first seven days for a total of RMB320 million (US$51.4 million) by the end of its theatrical run.

Frant GWO 郭帆's My Old Classmate 同桌的妳 (2014) dropped to second place in its third weekend, making an additional RMB36 million (US$5.77 million). After 17 days on release, the youth romance has made RMB397 million (US$63.6 million).

Leste CHEN 陳正道's The Great Hypnotist 催眠大師 (2014) is a close third place, making RMB33.5 million (US$5.37 million) between Friday and Sunday. The psychological thriller has made RMB204 million (US$32.7 million) after 13 days in cinemas.

The two local Labour Day release accounted for approximately 27% of all screenings combined.

British action film Hummingbird (2013) (released as Redemption in some territories) was fourth-placed with RMB15.1 million (US$2.42 million) in its first three days. In March, Homefront (2013), also starring Jason STATHAM, opened with RMB20.1 million (US$3.22 million) for a total of RMB32.5 million (US$5.21 million) during its theatrical run.

Opening last Thursday, PANG Ho-cheung 彭浩翔's Aberdeen 香港仔 (2014) (pictured) made an estimated RMB9.6 million (US$1.54 million) on its first four days of release. The family drama accounted for approximately 16.8% of all screenings on opening day, but it dropped to only 7.59% on Sunday.

Local media speculated that Aberdeen's disappointing performance may have been due to a netizen-led boycott on actor Chapman TO 杜汶澤 by audiences and some cinema chains. In March, To made several statements on his Facebook account criticising Mainland Chinese netizens in response to their negative reactions to the student protests in Taiwan.

After a rumour of Pang having to delete To's scenes from the Mainland China version of the film surfaced, the director issued a statement on his social media accounts early last week, confirming that To's scenes would remain in the film.

To has a brief but important supporting role in Aberdeen as the best friend of the character played by Louis Koo. He only appears in name on the film's advertisements in both Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Last weekend, romance Let Go for Love 放手愛 (2014), starring To and Charlene CHOI 蔡卓妍, made only RMB1.66 million (US$266,000) on its first five days in cinemas, prompting netizens to praise the success of the boycott. The film's China distributor issued a statement on the film's official Weibo microblog account apologising for casting To.

Special previews for ZHANG Yimou 張藝謀's Coming Home 歸來 (2014) were held nationwide for Mother's Day. It made RMB2.73 million (US$438,000) from approximately 78,000 admissions. The film is set for theatrical release in China on 16 Jun, five days before its out of competition screening in Cannes.

Aberdeen was far more successful in Hong Kong, where it was the top new film of the weekend. From 38 locations, it made HK$3.05 million (US$394,000) between Thursday and Sunday. Including early previews last weekend, it has made HK$4.57 million (US$590,000).

However, the film's opening was lower than those of Pang's recent films. In Aug 2012, Vulgaria 低俗喜劇 (2012) made HK$6.26 million (US$808,000) on its opening weekend. In March of the same year, romantic comedy Love in the Buff 春嬌與志明 (2012) opened with HK$7.15 million (US$922,000). Both films were among the top local films in 2012 with HK$30.1 million (US$3.88 million) and HK$28 million (US$3.61 million), respectively.

Sci-fi thriller Transcendence (2014) was third-placed for the weekend, making HK$2.89 million (US$373,000) from 34 locations on its first four days on release. The Johnny DEPP film is distributed locally by Golden Scene Co Ltd 高先電影有限公司.

After its release date was postponed twice, Patrick KONG 葉念琛's Delete My Love DELETE愛人 (2014) finally arrived in Hong Kong cinemas. On its first four days in cinema, the comedy made HK$1.23 million (US$158,000) from 26 locations.

Last week, distributor China 3D Digital Entertainment Ltd 中國3D數碼娛樂有限公司 told local media that it has sold North America remake rights of the film to Nu Image for US$500,000.

On just three screens, Asghar FARHADI's The Past Le passé (2013) made HK$118,000 (US$15,200) on its first four days in cinemas.

In Taiwan, Transcendence was the top new film over the weekend. On its first three days in cinemas, the sci-fi thriller made NT$6.15 million (US$203,000) from 16 screens in Taipei.

Last July, Johnny Depp's The Lone Ranger (2013) made NT$6.23 million (US$206,000) on its first four days in Taipei cinemas for a total of NT$12.2 million (US$404,000) in the capital during its theatrical run.

Hollywood comedy Neighbors (2014) was a close third place with NT$5.95 million (US$197,000) from 16 Taipei screens.

Dante Lam's That Demon Within 魔警 (2014) was the top Chinese-language film, opening with NT$584,000 (US$19,300) from 12 Taipei screens. Local film One Minute More 只要一分鐘 (2014), starring Ning CHANG 張鈞甯 and Peter HO 何潤東, made NT514,000 (US$17,000) from 12 screens in the capital.

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