The Millennium Films actioner, which hit screens here on Sept. 1, is doing better business in China than it did in the U.S. and Canada. The third installment in the series has only grossed about $36.7 million since arriving in American theaters in mid-August.
In just seven days in Chinese cinemas, “Expendables 3” has earned more than the original movie took in during its entire run in China, $35.9 million, figures from film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway indicated Tuesday. "
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was the second-most-popular film on the mainland for the seven days ending Sunday, hauling in $27 million and bringing its 10-day total to $70.5 million.
In third place was the domestic melodrama "But Always," which follows a couple over several decades from Beijing to New York. The debut effort of writer-director Snow Zou, the movie took in $8.4 million and was released simultaneously stateside.
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In fifth place for the week was "The Four 3," director Gordan Chan's martial arts whodunnit. The third installment in the series has now earned nearly $31.4 million since its Aug. 22 release.