The U.S.-Sino co-production “Kong: Skull Island” ruled China’s box office last week, followed by Disney’s live-action remake “Beauty and the Beast.”
The monster-themed epic topped the weekly chart by taking in a massive $72.2 million over the weekend, according to film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway.
Legendary's parent company, Wanda, is also the world's largest cinema chain operator, and its support in distribution — it garnered more than 115,000 screenings per day — contributed to its success.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” came in a distant second, earning $28 million last week, bringing its 10-day total to $73.2 million.
The pet-themed film “A Dog’s Purpose,” produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, ranked third, receiving $8.7 million for a 24-day gross of $84.4 million.
Fourth place went to China’s homegrown comedy “Top Funny Comedian: the Movie,” which earned $7 million in three days. The film stars Guo Degang and Yue Yunpeng, both household names to Chinese audiences.
20th Century Fox’s “Logan” ranked fifth, adding $3.8 million to its cumulative total of $104.5 million.
China’s box office has grossed $2 billion over the first quarter this year, a 1.5% decrease compared with the same period a year ago.
Yang is a special correspondent.