Chinese Box Office: "Elysium" Debuts with Solid $11.8M; "The Stolen Years" Ups Total to $19.5M; "Jurassic Park 3D" Plummets


Neill Blomkamp’s scifi thriller “Elysium” debuted in China last week to a solid $11.8M after four days, according EntGroup. The Matt Damon starrer has taken in $85.4M domestically and $212M worldwide. Produced for an expensive $115M (and millions more for marketing), it’ll need home video sales to get into the black because studios only get 40-50% of the box office revenue.

In second place this week is “The Stolen Years” (Bai Baihe, Joseph Chang) with $8.8M. The teen romance’s total now stands at a solid $19.5M after 11 days.

Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” placed third with a so-so $5.2M. Totaling $9.7M after 10 days, Leonardo DiCaprio’s film worldwide total is a staggering $346M.

“Jurassic Park 3D” plummeted to fourth this week with just $4.7M (It topped last week’s chart with $17M). Don’t feel too bad for Steven Spielberg though. His re-release has made $54.4M so far, upping its worldwide total to $1.03B since its original release in 1993.

“Monsters University” ranked fifth with $4M. The Pixar sequel has accumulated a pretty good $32.7M after 17 days. Worldwide, its total stands at $724.4M.

Rounding out the top ten are “The Impossible” with $3.1M ($7.9M total), “The Midas Touch” with $2M, “Dead Sign” with $0.6M, “Fake Fiction” with $0.5M ($11M), and “Time-Travel Love” with $0.5M.

Activity will probably be pretty quiet until October when Tsui Hark returns with “Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon” (Mark Chao, Angelababy), a prequel to his 2010 megahit “Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame”; The Pang Brothers unleashes their version of “Backdraft” with “Out of Inferno 3D” (Sean Lau, Louis Koo); and Donnie Yen kicks asses, MMA style, in “Special ID.”

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