Chinese Box Office: "Mr. Right" Scores Again; "Scoundrel" Continues Huang Bo's Hot Streak; "Drug War" Has Solid Debut

The Chef, The Actor, The Scoundrel

"Finding Mr. Right" has turned into a mega blockbuster in China. It's the top film there for the past three weeks. Last week (4/1 - 4/7), it took in another $23.4M, upping its total to a staggering $62.5M. The Tang Wei starring film is now the second highest grossing romance in China. Only Feng Xiaogang's "If You Are The One 2" (Shu Qi), which grossed $75M in 2008, has done better.

In another week, it'll easily surpass "The Founding of a Republic" ($65M) to become the tenth highest grossing Chinese film ever.

Repeating at second is Hu Guan's "The Chef, The Actor, The Scoundrel," another comedy starring box office king Huang Bo ("Lost in Thailand," "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons," "Say Yes"). Yup, even though it's not number one at the box office, it's another solid hit for the ultra busy comedian. It took in $18.4M last week, for a two week total of $30.9M. Chinese audiences just can't get enough of him. This is his fourth consecutive hit in the last six months.

Johnny To's "Drug War," a crime thriller starring Louis Koo, debuted with a solid $12.9M, placing third.

Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" is fourth with $11.6M. After two weeks, its total stands at $20.9M. That's decent. Its worldwide total is $455M. With a $215M budget, that's an ok figure. Remember studios only get about 50% of the box office, so it's still losing money when you throw in marketing costs (which is probably in the $100M range for a film this costly).

Debuting in fifth with a modest $5M is Ronny Yu's martial arts epic "Saving General Yang."

Rounding out the top ten are "Jack the Giant Slayer" ($1.2M, $8M total), "A Good Day to Die Hard" ($0.4M, $31.5M total), "The House" ($0.2M, $0.5M total), "Resident Evil: Retribution" ($0.2M, $17.3M total), and "Ip Man: Final Fight" ($0.1M, $1.7M total).

Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer" fizzled in China, too. Its worldwide total is $179M. With a budget of $150M and additional marketing expenses, it needs at least $350 worldwide to break even. It still has a long way to go.

Next week, we'll see if Chinese audiences dig Quentin Tarantino's less gory version of "Django Unchained."

UPDATE: Oops, not anymore. It was suddenly pulled from theaters on the day of its premiere for "technical issues." That's just how China rolls.

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