American sci-fi films dominated China's box office last week, just two weeks before the Chinese New Year movie-going frenzy, when film regulators usually block imported films to boost domestic ones.
Nonetheless, moviegoers in the Middle Kingdom have shown tepid interest in the Star Wars series. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" only ranked 13th on China's 2016 box office charts, while it became the highest-grossing film of all time in America.
Second place in China last week went to Sony’s sci-fi romance “Passengers,” which racked up $17.5 million in three days. The film, starring
Both Lawrence and Pratt have accumulated huge fan bases in China. Lawrence found popularity in China with "The Hunger Games." Chinese fans gave Lawrence a nickname, dabiaojie, or big cousin. Pratt is known as xingjue, or Star Lord, by moviegoers who adored his performance in "Guardians of the Galaxy."
The Chinese romantic comedy "Some Like It Hot" slipped to third, receiving $17 million in ticket receipts, bring its 17-day total to $69.3 million.
Jackie Chan's action film "Railroad Tigers" ranked fourth, adding $6.3 million in its forth week for a 24-day total of $93.3 million. The Friday opener "Backkom Bear: Agent 008," a Chinese animation produced by Alpha Pictures, ranked fifth, earning $5.9 million.