China Box Office: Lack Of Competition Sees SWITCH Dominate

Editor, Asia; Hong Kong, China (@Marshy00)
China Box Office: Lack Of Competition Sees SWITCH Dominate
As expected, Jay Sun's spy thriller Switch breezes to the top of the Chinese box office charts as the opposition waits wisely in the wings.

Rank Title Origin 10/6-16/6 (US$) Total (US$) Screening days
1 Switch China $32.84 $41.04 8
2 Star Trek Into Darkness USA $14.07 $52.89 20
3 American Dreams in China China $6.75 $84.24 31
4 Colombiana USA $4.20 $6.42 10
5 Happy Little Submarine 3--Rainbow Treasure China $1.53 $8.83 17
6 Mysterious Face China $1.47 $1.47 3
7 The Adventures of Sinbad 2013 China $1.10 $6.06 17
8 Redemption China $1.04 $1.26 8
9 The Soccer Way China $0.81 $0.81 7
10 Touch of the Light Taiwan $0.67 $0.87 9

Running pretty much unopposed, Switch and its beloved star Andy Lau had no difficulty in storming its way to a RMB250 million haul over its first 8 days on release. Much of the credit must be given to the film's charismatic leading man, although a 3D release should also be factored in, and bad word is already spreading about the film's quality, which could put a serious dent in the film's performance over the weeks to come. For now, however, it is sitting pretty.

Star Trek Into Darkness continues to go great guns, however, netting another RMB86 million last week, taking its total to RMB325 million after 3 weeks. Peter Chan's American Dreams in China continues to be the only other contender for audience affection, and managed to bring in RMB41 million in the past 7 days, taking its haul for the month comfortably over the impressive RMB500 million mark.

Next week should be dominated by Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, which opens in China on 20 June, but don't rule out cop comedy Badges of Fury, starring Jet Li and Wen Zhang, or even youth flick A Style of Men in Beijing, from mounting serious challenges against the son of Krypton. Next week should certainly prove more competitive than this week's one horse race.

Box office figures courtesy of EntGroup
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