‘Expendables 4’ made an $11 Million debut at the China Box Office on a quiet weekend preceding the National Day holiday season at the end of the month.
Data from consultancy firm Artisan Gateway shows the latest installment in the “Expendables” franchise earning $10.9 million (RMB78.6 million) over its debut weekend.
Meanwhile, the Chinese crime thriller “Dust to Dust,” picked up $10.6 million (RMB76.2 million) in its second week of release.
“Oppenheimer” is in third place with $4.3 million in its third week in China.
After 17 days of release, Christopher Nolan’s Christopher Nolan has accumulated $54.3 million.
“No More Bets,” the biggest film of the summer season, faded to $4.0 million, earning the fourth place at the Chinese Box Office. The film has a cumulative total of $527 million since its release on August 8.
The new release, “Tainted Love,” has earned $3.2 million to be in fifth place over three days.
According to Artisan Gateway, the nationwide box office aggregate for the latest Friday-Sunday weekend was $42.1 million, below average in this recovery year in China.
But a mid-September lull fits a pattern seen in normal, pre-COVID years and reflects a dearth of big releases ahead of the National Day holiday season in China.
A string of larger Chinese titles and local franchise films are targeting release on Sept. 28, ahead of the holidays which officially kick off on Oct. 1, the report added.
Here is the list of the top ten highest-grossing films in Mainland China as per the data provided by EntGroup’s China Box Office (CBO) website published on 09-17-2023: