'Gravity' and 'The Hunger Games' Storm Chinese Market: Box Office Report
The world's third strongest box office is topping up these high-grossing blockbusters
For a while, it seemed as though Gravity might not even get a Chinese release, which would have been a mighty blow for Alfonso Cuaron and his thrill ride in space. But a combination of the Chinese upping their American film quota for the year and the promise of a big payday saw George Clooney and Sandra Bullock enter the lucrative market after all.
Gravity stunned the critics, and now it's stunning Chinese audiences
And Chinese cinemagoers responded in kind, shooting the film to the top of the box office, ahead of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. While Gravity pulled in $35.76 million from the box office in its first six days in China, Jennifer Lawrence n co accumulated $12.95 million.
Those figures are somewhat unfair to The Hunger Games when read blindly; so get ready for some game-changing context. Gravity was available at 175,018 screenings, while Catching Fire had the pleasure of less than half that, with 88,771 screenings. Also, Gravity’s average ticket price was $6.70 while the Hunger Games sequel's stood at $5.20.
Hollywood exports dominated the Chinese Box Office this week. Behind Gravity and Hunger Games is Thor: The Dark World; and the Marvel superhero brought the film’s total of $52 million with a week’s performance of $6.2 million. Escape Plan pulled in the punters, too, grabbing $4.55 million to get to a total of $38.91 million.
Control – produced by the Huayi Brothers – took $3.5m in its first three days, making it the most successful Chinese movie. It stars the Chinese-American actor Daniel Wu, Simon Yam and Taiwan’s Leon Dai, and is a suspenseful thriller.
The numbers this week vindicated China’s decision to move Gravity into their market; generally speaking, they’re reluctant to run anything that glorifies the U.S space program, but considering it’s (SPOILER) a Russian satellite’s debris that causes all the trouble, it’s the eastern Europeans painted as the protagonist.
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