Tom Cruise and “The Mummy” comfortably headed the Chinese box office with a $52 million opening – significantly greater than the film’s weak performance in North America.
Playing some 105,000 screenings per day from Friday to Sunday, the gross total for “The Mummy” accounted for more than half of China’s total box office. It scored $17.5 million on Friday, followed by $19.1 million and $13.9 million on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, according to data from Ent Group.
The $51.8 million total, topped up by $1 million of previews, marked the seventh-highest opening of the year, narrowly ahead of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Logan,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2.”
“Wonder Woman,” in second place, grabbed $13.5 million from close to 40,000 screenings per day. Its cumulative stands at $70.2 million after 10 days.
India’s long-legged “Dangal” scored a further $5.05 million in its sixth week. After 38 days, its cumulative is $179 million, an unprecedented score for a non-Hollywood, foreign-language film in China.
Behind the Hollywood summer trio and the Indian juggernaut, the top Chinese film of the week was romance “How Are You.” With a performance that weakened over its opening weekend, it scraped up $4.3 million for fifth place.
The latest film in the “Doraemon” Japanese animation franchise took sixth place with $1.87 million, albeit suffering a big slump. After 13 days it has a cumulative of $19.7 million.
No other title managed $1 million over the weekend. China’s “Haunted Graduation Photo” opened with $310,000. “Love Without Words” opened with $280,000. Sci-fi, thriller “Monster Mayhem” opened with $240,000. Long-running comedy “Running Man” reentered the chart with $170,000.