Hong Kong crime thriller Detective vs Detectives again topping China’s box office, taking $14.2 million during what was all in all a bleak weekend of cinema in the country.
The market generated only $40.6 million in total revenue during the frame, a modest total for what is usually China’s busy summer blockbuster season. Ongoing Covid-19 controls across the country and a lack of top commercial titles continue to hold back local industry from a stronger recovery.
Produced by Emperor Motion Pictures, Detective vs Detectives has earned $96.3 million to date. Just behind from Friday to Sunday was fellow holdover Light up the stars, which contributed $11.6 million for a cumulative gross amount of $230 million. Chen Sicheng’s slightly disappointing sci-fi comedy Mozart from space came in third with $6.4 million and a running total of $43.8 million.
Universals Jurassic World: Dominion, the only Hollywood heavy hitter to be admitted to the market in many weeks, continued to draw light sales, bringing in $2.6 million. After nearly six weeks in theaters, the film has made $152.8 million, the best of any US title in China this year — though there have been remarkably few of them.
Health permitting, the Chinese box office could see a jolt of energy next Friday with the release of Chiyu Zhang’s sci-fi comedy moon Man. The film has generated a strong buzz and the director’s previous comedy, never say deadearned $335 million in the fall of 2017.
Paramount’s Comedy Adventure The Lost City, starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, has also closed a Friday release — albeit a curiously late one. The film premiered in North America on March 25 and has earned $190 million worldwide.