‘Furious 7' ending China run with about $390 million; ‘Avengers’ debuts

Tyrese Gibson, from left, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges in "Furious 7."

Tyrese Gibson, from left, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges in “Furious 7.”

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“Furious 7” spent its final week in Chinese theaters atop the box-office charts, taking in another $17.4 million in the seven days ending Sunday and pushing its cumulative gross on the mainland over $388 million.

With the movie moving out of cinemas Tuesday after 30 days, the Universal Pictures film’s final haul is unlikely to exceed the $400 million threshold, analysts from industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway said. Still, the seventh installment in the “Fast & Furious” franchise is ending its run as China’s top-grossing movie of all time.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” arrived in Chinese theaters Tuesday, an atypical opening day where tickets are often discounted, so its first-day tally is unlikely to break any records. Still, Artisan analysts forecast that the Marvel superhero saga will easily surpass the 1 billion-renminbi mark, or $161 million.

In second place at the box office for the seven days ending Sunday was the Chinese romance “Silent Separation.” The LeVision Pictures film collected $14.4 million in its second week of release; the movie has grossed $53 million to date.


Third place went to the Hong Kong action thriller “Helios,” which brought in $11 million.

Sony Pictures’ science fiction thriller “Chappie,” directed by Neill Blomkamp, opened Friday and debuted in fourth place on the weekly chart with $10.3 million.

Rounding out the top five was Taiwanese heartthrob actor turned director Alec Su’s “The Left Ear,” a drama that has grossed more than $75 million since its April 24 opening. An adaptation of a popular youth novel by Rao Xueman, the story focuses on a teenage girl who is partially deaf.

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