China Box Office: JURASSIC PARK 3D Proves Dinosaurs Still Rule The Earth

James Marsh, Asian Editor
The up-converted re-release of Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic, Jurassic Park scores a huge opening in China, beating out strong competition from Pixar's Monsters University.

Rank Title Origin 19/8 - 25/8 (US$M) Total (US$M) Screening days
1 Jurassic Park 3D USA $32.08 $32.08 6
2 Monsters University USA $12.99 $12.99 3
3 Unbeatable Hong Kong/China $7.09 $16.22 10
4 Pacific Rim USA $6.40 $109.99 26
5 Fake Fiction China $5.42 $5.42 3
6 One Night Surprise China $3.86 $26.93 17
7 Tiny Times 2 China $2.72 $47.22 18
8 The Palace China $1.07 $8.57 13
9 A Moment Of Love China $0.92 $0.92 3
10 Fast & Furious 6 USA $0.59 $66.49 31

While the debate continues to rage in Hollywood about the merits of 3D conversion, with industry leaders like James Cameron railing against the trend, China underscores its hunger for all things 3D by embracing the 20th anniversary 3D re-release of Spielberg's dinosaur theme park adventure enthusiastically, which has seen the film take almost RMB200 Million in its first 6 days on release.

Pixar's Monster's University provided the biggest competition among the new releases, scoring an RMB80 Million 3-day opening, but is likely to prove a mainstay in the chart for some weeks to come. Dante Lam's Hong Kong co-production Unbeatable, which sees Nick Cheung and Eddie Peng take to the ring as MMA fighters in Macau, moved up to third place, while Xu Zheng's follow-up to Lost in Thailand (as star and producer at least), Fake Fiction, had a disappointing start, amassing just RMB33 Million in its first 3 days.

Pacific Rim continues to prove itself the biggest Hollywood hit of the summer in China, however, as its RMB673 Million haul now moves it up into China's all-time box office Top 10, after less than four weeks on general release. This week's only other new release to make it into the chart is Taiwanese co-production A Moment To Love, which only managed RMB5.6 Million over the weekend. 

The big new releases this coming weekend include tsunami drama The Impossible, from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona, as well as Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby - which will have to rely on star power and grand spectacle alone, as the film is unlikely to have the same name recognition as it did in the West. Locally produced product includes romance The Stolen Years, about a girl who awakes from an accident to discover she's forgotten the last five years of her life - including her divorce. Action thriller Flash Play also debuts.
 
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  • TheAngryInternet

    Pacific Rim ends its run on Saturday, probably falling just a few million short of the 700 million RMB mark—no thanks to theater owners, who gave way too many screenings to Fake Fiction. Xu Zheng can at least take comfort in the fact that his true follow-up to Lost in Thailand is still to come (Fake Fiction was shot earlier and has been sitting on the shelf for ages), plus he's in Monsters University as the dubbed voice of Sully.

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