"Godzilla" stomped its way to the top of the mainland China box office last week, taking in $38.2 million in its first three days of release — the second-best opening weekend for any imported film this year, behind only "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
With its powerful start, the
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which had a $37.9-million opening weekend in China, made more than $115 million on the mainland.
For many Chinese in their twenties and thirties, Godzilla was a staple of their childhood TV viewing, along with other Japanese cartoons such as Ultraman and Dinosaur Cops Koseidon. The new big-screen “Godzilla” also offered Chinese fans of
Overall, it was a strong China weekend for Warner Bros., as its “Edge of Tomorrow” nabbed the No. 2 spot at the box office with $25 million. The
"X-Men," nearing the end of its run, was in third place, followed by the Hong Kong crime flick "Overheard 3" and the local romance "Night of Adventure."
This Friday, the
China's box-office receipts for 2014 will likely cross the $2-billion mark by the end of this week; year-to-date box office for the U.S. and Canada market stands at about $4.7 billion.
“Transformers 4” will arrive in Chinese cinemas June 27, following its Hong Kong premiere this week. The
Tommy Yang in the Times' Beijing bureau contributed to this report.