China Box Office: ‘Snake’ Steals Win as Pre-Holiday Slowdown Deepens

Variety | 2/3/2019 | Patrick Frater
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Chinese animation “White Snake” slithered to a weekend win, as theatrical box office in China, ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays, slipped to the lowest total of the past two years. “Snake” scored with just $9 million.

The film has now accumulated $64.5 million since its Jan. 11 release, according to data from entertainment consultancy Artisan Gateway. That makes “Snake” the biggest film to date from producer Lightchaser Animation Studios, and one of the top performing Chinese-made animation films.

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In the absence of competition from new releases, “Once Upon a Deadpool” and “Bumblebee” kept going. “Deadpool 2” earned $7.3 million for a cumulative of $41.8 million, while “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee” earned $5.2 million, to advance its total to $170 million, and confirm its status as the biggest film released in 2019 in China. “Escape Room” added $5.2 million for a $33.9 total. Chinese-made “The Big Shot” added $2.7 million to its total, lifting its cumulative to $56.3 million.

Nationwide, Chinese theaters earned only $32.7 million between...
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