Despite a 57 percent decline and the expected challenge from local newcomer “One Week Friends,” “Jurassic World Dominion” retained the top spot at the mainland China box office.
According to data from consultancy Artisan Gateway, the dinosaur franchise film earned $23.3 million (RMB156 million) in China between Friday and Sunday, giving it a healthy cumulative score of $92.4 million after 10 days in theatres.
The film’s performance was a significant drop from its opening weekend, but competition from the new Chinese youth drama film “One Week Friends” was lower than expected.
“One Week Friends,” which was only released on Saturday, earned $5.8 million (RMB38.9 million) in its first two days in Chinese theatres.
The film is a Chinese version of the Japanese manga “Isshukan Friends,” originally authored by Hazuki Matcha and directed by Taiwan’s Gavin Lin, and produced by Alibaba Pictures’ Surprise Works branch. It depicts the story of a lonely female student with memory problems who becomes friends with a group of high school pupils. The release date was scheduled to coincide with the start of summer vacation for many school pupils.
According to Chinese ticketing agency Maoyan, “Friends” will have a lifetime score of RMB127 million ($19.1 million).
Stronger performances may be predicted in the coming weeks as other Chinese titles cautiously make their way into mainland cinemas following COVID-related cinema closures that delayed the releasing timetable for local films.
Another drama, “Lighting Up the Stars,” will make its formal premiere on June 24. It had a round of previews on Sunday and finished third in the national charts on that day with fewer than 1% of available screens.
Other anticipated Chinese releases in the next month include the COVID-related anthology film “Ode to the Spring” on July 1; the firefighting action film “Flashover” on July 8; and “Mozart From Space,” a sci-fi comedy by “Detective of Chinatown” director Chen Sicheng on July 15.
Meanwhile, the ever-changing COVID scenario and authorities’ zero-tolerance policies continue to produce instability in the film industry. While many Beijing theatres reopened in late May, several have now shuttered again.
The total weekend box office in the United States was $36 million, a 40% decrease from the previous weekend. According to Artisan Gateway, China’s year-to-date total is $2.45 billion. This is 39% lower than the numbers from the same period in 2021.
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Almost 30 years after the first screening of Jurassic Park, the popular franchise returns with Jurassic World Dominion, which was released in the United Kingdom on Friday. Our favorite characters, such as the Tyrannosaurus-rex and Velociraptor, return, and we meet some new ones, like the Giganotosaurus, a massive predator.