China promises big boost for ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ at international box office

Screen | 8/22/2019 | Staff
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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is revving up for what Universal hopes will be a powerful start at the box office in China this weekend.

With an international gross currently standing at $319.2m, the franchise entry opens in China on Friday (August 23) and will easily lead the weekend’s international field. The only question is whether the ninth installment – which has so far taken a relatively modest $130.5m in North America - can match the impressive Chinese openings of its two predecessors.

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The Fate Of The Furious opened in China with $185m in April 2017 and went on to tally $392.8m from the market. And Furious 7started with $182.4m in April 2015, going on to claim a total of $390.9m.

Hobbs & Shaw will be helped by the fact that what will probably be its closest competition in the territory, homegrown animated smash Nezha, is finally losing its pulling power after four weeks in release.

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Universal’s domestically successful comedy Good Boys, currently with $3.4m internationally, opened in France on Wednesday (21) and Germany on Thursday (22) and reaches Spain on Friday.

The studio, which also opened A Dog’s Journey in France on Wednesday, reported latest international totals of $249.9m for The Secret Life Of Pets 2 and $57.5m for Yesterday.

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