China box office: 'Alita: Battle Angel' tops chart at end of record-breaking month

Screen | 3/4/2019 | Staff
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Total ticket sales have reached $1.63bn (RMB11.09bn) in February in China, confirming it as the biggest month in a single market ever.

It is also the second time China has broken such a world record following February 2018.

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However, three weeks after the prime Chinese New Year season, the Chinese box office has returned to off-peak levels, with a 36% drop week-on-week between February 25 and March 3.

Fox’s cyborg action film Alita: Battle Angel was the highest-grossing film in this seven-day period, grossing $46.2m to take it to $108.4m to date.

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It ended the three-week reign of The Wandering Earth. The local sci-fit hit fell to third with a weekly take of $25.5m for a cume to date of $646.1m. It passed the 100m admissions mark, only the second film in China to do so after Wolf Warrior 2.

Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World opened on March 1 with $31.5m and is second in the seven-day chart. It is the highest debut for an animation since 2017’s Incredibles 3.

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Furthermore, Saturday March 2 was the biggest single day for an animation in China, surpassing 2017’s Coco.

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