The recent weekend at the box office in mainland China saw some interesting shifts in movie rankings. The local crime drama Last Suspect reclaimed its top position, earning $10.1 million in its third weekend. This boost brought its total earnings to $68.1 million after being available for 17 days. It had previously lost the top spot to The Marvels, which has now dropped out of the top five.
In second place was the Chinese family drama Be My Family, which made $4.8 million in its second weekend, reaching a total of $15.4 million in ten days.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes had a quieter opening, placing third with a $4.6 million debut. This performance is considered modest compared to previous movies in the series, reflecting ongoing challenges faced by Hollywood movies in China’s post-pandemic market.
Additionally, the Chinese movie Beyond the Clouds earned $2.2 million from previews alone, securing the fourth spot before its official release. Meanwhile, the re-release of Studio Ghibli’s classic Porco Rosso from 1992 gathered $1.7 million over the weekend.
There’s a discrepancy in data regarding The Marvels, with some sources placing it in sixth for the weekend and reporting a cumulative total of $15.8 million.
Overall, China’s box office is nearing a $7 billion total for the year, currently standing at $6.95 billion. This marks a significant improvement from 2022, though it’s still below the levels seen in 2019 before the pandemic. Source