China box office: 'Deadpool 2' top as overall takings decline again

Screen | 1/28/2019 | Staff
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Although the first month of the year is not over yet for a few more days, January 2019 is set to be a month of negative growth compared to the same period last year.

After an eight-month delay on most other territories, Deadpool 2 finally arrived but it failed to revitalize the lackluster Chinese box office in the period of Jan 21-27 which saw a marginal week-on-week decrease for three straight weeks.

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Fox/Marvel’s superhero sequel took the box office crown with an underwhelming $21.6m from its three-day opening weekend. The PG-13 version (with a Chinese title Deadpool 2: I Love My Home) is reportedly the same as the Once Upon A Deadpool family-friendly cut which premiered last December in North America. This is the first theatrical release for a Deadpool film in China, as the 2016 first film, rated R, only received special screenings at the Beijing International Film Festival.

Light Chaser Animation/Warner Bros’ White Snake continued to gain traction in its third week and climbed one place further to second, taking in $19m which was more than its second week gross. Standing at $42.6m after 17 days, it has become the fifth biggest local animation, after Monkey King: Hero Is Back, Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink, Bigfish & Begonia and Boonie Bears:...
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