China Box Office: Donnie Yen's "Iceman 3D" Upstaged By "My Old Classmate"

Donnie Yen in "The Iceman 3D"

Another troubled Donnie Yen production hit theaters in China last week. A remake of Yuen Biao’s 1989 minor hit “The Iceman Cometh,” the $33M update, retitled “The Iceman 3D,” went way over budget and had to be split up into two films in order to recoup its investment.

The first installment opened to a decent $11.3M over the weekend, placing second. As of today, it has taken in $15.2M. Compared to Yen’s other solo efforts, it’s slightly behind “Special ID.” By the end of its run, it’ll probably finish in the low 20s, a typical range for a solo effort by the busy action star.

At the top of the chart with a surprisingly high $17.3M is “My Old Classmate,” a romance directed by Frank Gwo and starring Zhou Dongyu and Lin Gengxin.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” moves to third place with $8.9M, upping its total to a superb $107M. Worldwide, the Marvel sequel has amassed $648M, nearly doubling the first film’s $370M. It’s also the third best for Marvel Studio, behind “The Avengers” ($1.5B) and “Iron Man 3” ($1.2B).

Dante Lam’s psychological thriller “That Demon Within” (Daniel Wu, Nick Cheung), the closing film in the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival, placed fourth with $7.7M, pushing its ten day total to a decent $15.7M.

In fifth place is Johnny Depp’s expensive scifi dud “Transcendence,” which took in $7.2M and increased its total to an unremarkable $17.8M. Worldwide, it’s at $52.6M.

Blue Sky Studio’s animated feature “Rio 2” brought in $6.8M worth of family business. It’s total after 17 days is a solid $31.8M. Worldwide, it has taken in $346M, still far from the first film’s $484M.

Rounding out the top ten with a little more than $1M collectively is “Best Suspects,” “Death is Here 3,” “Delete Lover,” and “The Truth About Beauty.”

(Box office figures taken from EntGroup.cn and BoxOfficeMojo.com)

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