China Box Office: ‘Billy Lynn’ Has $12 Million Opening Behind ‘Doctor Strange’

Patrick Frater
Variety

The Ang Lee-directed “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” had a strong $11.7 million opening weekend in Chinese theaters. It came second behind holdover “Doctor Strange.” With Japanese animation “One Piece Film Gold” in a strong third, imported films held the top three chart places.

“Billy Lynn,” which has Chinese finance – via Bona Film Group and Fosun International, a major shareholder in producer Studio 8 – but is considered as a revenue sharing import, had over 60,000 screenings on Friday. That number had been cut to 45,000 on Sunday. It earned $11.5 million and with paid previews finished the weekend with $11.7 million, according to data from Ent Group.

“Doctor Strange” continued its magic with a $22.4 million second weekend. That gives it a 10-day cumulative of $83.4 million. Its screen count was down on Friday, but on Saturday and Sunday it picked up screenings from “Billy Lynn.” Of its weekend total $3.5 million came from IMAX screens.

“One Piece Gold Film” opened on Friday. It enjoyed an average of 44,000 screenings per day and grossed $10.1 million.

Chinese comedy, “Scandal Makers” was the third placed newcomer and ranked fourth overall. With some 30,000 screenings per day, the film managed $5.11 million in three days.

There was a wide gap between the top four and all other films on release. Chinese holdover “Mr Donkey” earned $1.55 million for a 17-day cumulative of $17.9 million. Chinese thriller, “Hide and Seek” added $1.06 million for a cumulative score of $9.80 million after 10 days.

“Trolls” had a quiet Friday, but was pumped into seventh screens by Saturday and Sunday scores. It took $480,000 for a $7.47 million 17-day total. Actioner, “Operation Mekong” squeezed out another $460,000 and took its total to $173 million after 45 days in theaters.

“Keeping up With the Joneses,” released on Tuesday, took $380,000 over the weekend and $1.62 million over six days. Japanese animated holdover, “Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep! Dreaming World Big Assault!” managed $300,000 for tenth place.

Two other openers – “The Bride With Painted Skin” which debuted on Friday and “Poor Rich Dad” which opened on Thursday — were effectively pushed out of Chinese theaters by the end of the weekend.

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