Chinese authorities may be warning citizens against embracing “Western
values,” Chinese moviegoers showed exceptional enthusiasm for “Captain
America: Civil War” last weekend. The Marvel Studios film sold $96.1
million in tickets in its first three days in theaters.
Joe Russo, who directed the film with his brother Anthony, came to China
in April, along with several of its stars, to promote the film. And it
benefited from a release that coincided with its stateside debut. The
movie is likely to pass the 1-billion renminbi ($153-million) mark, said
an analyst from film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway.
In second place for the week was the domestic romance “Book of Love,”
from Edko films. Since opening in late April, the movie has taken in
nearly $98 million. The film is on pace to become China’s top-grossing
romance ever, Artisan said.
“The Jungle Book” held on to third place for the week, adding $16.1
million to its take and bringing its total haul on the mainland to
$147.7 million. The update of the 1960s classic is now Disney’s
third-highest-grossing film of all time in China, behind “Zootopia”
($235.4 million) and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($225.3 million), Artisan