China’s ‘Never Say Die’ Tops ‘Blade Runner’ at International Box Office

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Chinese sports comedy “Never Say Die” has topped the weekend’s international box office with $66 million in only four markets.

Mahua Funage’s film, adapted from a 2014 stage play of the same name, has totaled $221 million in worldwide grosses in less than two weeks, according to comScore. During its Saturday-Sunday opening last weekend, “Never Say Die” took in $46 million in its first two days in China.

Sony’s release of “Blade Runner 2049” finished second during the weekend with $50.2 million in 63 markets on 15,900 screens, representing 61% of its international footprint for Sony.

The noir sci-fi sequel took first place in 45 markets, led by $8 million in the U.K., similar to “Interstellar” and 15% ahead of “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Russia followed with $4.9 million, topping “Gravity” by 16% and “Mad Max: Fury Road” by 1%.

Fox’s spy spoof sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” came in a distant third place with $25.5 million in 69 markets, led by $8.2 million in South Korea, where its total has topped $32 million in two weeks. The international total for “The Golden Circle” is now $173.6 million — 45% higher than 2014’s original “Kingsma: The Secret Service” — to go with $80 million in North America.

“The Golden Circle” opens in France on Oct. 11 with China on Oct. 20 and Japan on Jan. 5.

New Line’s horror blockbuster “It” finished fourth with $19.8 million in 65 markets, pushing the international total to $298 million. The worldwide box office for “It” has topped $600 million.

Chinese martial arts action drama “Chasing The Dragon”  took fifth place with $17.6 million in eight markets. “Dragon,” which stars Andy Lau and Donnie Yen, has topped $60 million worldwide.

By Dave McNary
Variety

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