James Bond helped push 2015's mainland Chinese box-office receipts across the $6 billion mark last week, as "Spectre" racked up $49 million in its first weekend in cinemas.
The 007 film, which opened Friday, accounted for half of all box-office receipts, data from film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway showed. The
The strong showing for “Spectre,” despite being released only in 2-D, put to rest doubts about Chinese audiences’ enthusiasm for Craig as Bond. Prior to the opening of “Spectre,” the popular movie-rating site douban.com found
"Daniel Craig is simply less handsome than Pierce Brosnan," one Douban user said in a typical comment.
In second place for the week was "Ex-Files 2," a local romantic comedy from Huayi Bros. that took in $17.5 million during its second week in theaters.
"Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials," fell to third place after opening strongly Nov. 4. The young-adult movie has taken in a total of $30 million through Sunday, Artisan said.
Enlight Pictures' Chinese romantic drama "A Journey Through Time With Anthony," landed in fourth place, selling $6.4 million worth of tickets in its first three days in theaters.
Universal Pictures' "Everest" took in $3.9 million for the week, bringing its gross in mainland China to $15.7 million.
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" is set to open in China on Friday.
Yingzhi Yang in The Times' Beijing bureau contributed to this report.