Guardians’ continues to dominate the China box office for a second weekend


“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3” continued its reign at the top of the box office in mainland China for the second weekend in a row, with the rest of the top five films maintaining their positions. The anticipation is building among audiences for the release of “Fast & Furious 10.”

During the weekend, “Guardians Vol 3” raked in $19.0 million, according to Artisan Gateway, a consultancy firm. Despite a 32% drop from its opening weekend, the film’s performance was still strong. After ten days in Chinese theaters, the total box office earnings for “Guardians Vol 3” reached $58.7 million.

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Imax screenings contributed $3 million to the film’s weekend gross in China, boosting its Imax total to $10.4 million, which represents 18% of its overall earnings in the country.

Another film that held up well was the Chinese comedy road trip movie, “Godspeed,” which secured second place with a weekend haul of $13.1 million. After 17 days in theaters, it has amassed an impressive $121 million.

The Chinese fighter pilot action film, “Born to Fly,” often compared to “Top Gun: Maverick,” earned $8.9 million, securing the third spot. With a cumulative total of $107 million after 17 days, the film continues to perform well.

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The Chinese romance film, “All These Years,” generated $2.1 million during its third weekend of release, bringing its cumulative total to $40.9 million after 17 days in cinemas.

On its fourth weekend in China, the Japanese animated film, “The First Slam Dunk,” earned $1.4 million. Its cumulative total stands at $92.2 million after 24 days since its release.

All eyes are now on “Fast X,” a highly anticipated film in China and a much larger franchise than “Guardians.” Online ticketing sites indicate that “Fast X” is poised to claim the top spot on Tuesday, ahead of its official opening on Wednesday, May 17.

The film has a lot to live up to, considering the previous successes of the “Fast & Furious” franchise in China. “Fast & Furious 7” grossed RMB2.42 billion ($351 million) in 2015, followed by “Fast & Furious 8” with RMB2.67 billion ($387 million) in 2017. The most recent installment, “F9: The Fast Saga,” brought in $217 million in 2021.

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During the latest weekend, the nationwide box office in China reached $49 million. Year-to-date, the total box office earnings of $2.99 billion are 38% higher than the same period last year. However, when compared to 2019, the current figures are approximately 20% lower, according to Artisan Gateway calculations.

In summary, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3” continued its successful run in China, while other films like “Godspeed” and “Born to Fly” maintained their positions in the top five. The highly anticipated “Fast X” is expected to dominate the box office in the coming days, aiming to achieve the same level of success as its predecessors in the franchise.