China Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Soars to Franchise-High Debut


Tom Holland is China’s favorite Peter Parker, as the Sony-Marvel reboot topped its predecessors while also notching the Middle Kingdom’s third-biggest superhero opening ever.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is off to a historic start in China.

The once high-stakes Sony-Marvel reboot swung to a stunning $70.8 million opening weekend — the Middle Kingdom’s third-best superhero debut ever.

Homecoming, which stars Tom Holland as the third Peter Parker/Spider-Man, not only opened at the top of the franchise, it’s also already beaten the entire China totals of every other Spidey film save The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which eventually reached $94.4 million in 2014 — a high mark that Homecoming will cleanly clear later this week.

The film performed predictably well on Imax, earning $6 million from 442 screens and notching the giant-screen exhibitor’s best September weekend ever. It also marks Sony’s best Chinese Imax bow to date.

For 2017 overall, Homecoming‘s opening haul ranks fifth for U.S. studio titles in China, trailing only The Fate of the Furious ($184.9 million), Transformers: The Last Knight ($119.7 million), Resident Evil: The Final Chapter ($94.3 million), and Kong: Skull Island ($71.6 million). It easily beat both Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($48.5 million) and Wonder Woman ($37.7 million).

With Homecoming occupying about 55 percent total screen share for the weekend, no other title made much of a mark.

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk beat a fast retreat from its $30 million first-place finish a week ago, adding just $6.2 million over its second frame for a 10-day total of $47.6 million.

The animated A Silent Voice — the second Japanese new release in two weeks — earned $5.1 million in third place. It’s been an uncommonly busy year for Japanese cinema in China, as competing titles from nearby South Korean remain de facto barred from the market over geopolitical tensions.

Meanwhile, local box-office champion Wolf Warrior II, from writer-director-star Wu Jing, just won’t quit. The monstrous Chinese box-office phenomenon earned $4.6 million in its seventh weekend, nudging its all-time record total to about $870 million. Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) — $936.6 million in North America — is the only movie ever to have earned more from a single market.

by Patrick Brzeski


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