China helps ’s record box-of­fice

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By NIU YUE in New York

Juras­sic World set a world box- of­fice record over the week­end, with a large boost from China, where movie­go­ers spent more than $100 mil­lion to watch the latest in­stall­ment in the di­nosaur ad­ven­ture se­ries.

The film opened in China on June 10, two days be­fore it de­buted in the US.

Juras­sic World grossed $511.8 mil­lion in its open­ing week­end, the first time that a film had gen­er­ated more than $500 mil­lion world­wide in a sin­gle week­end.

The Amer­i­can film, dis­trib­uted by Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures and di­rected by Colin Trevor­row, is the fourth in the se­ries, which started in 1993 with Juras­sic Park.

Steven Spiel­berg, di­rec­tor of the first two Juras­sic Park films, is ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of Juras­sic World. Chris Pratt, pro­pelled to lead­ing man sta­tus af­ter his per­for­mance in Guardians of Gal­axy, stars in Juras­sic World, which had a $150 mil­lion bud­get.

“That mar­ket (China) likes sci-fi movies; that’s a big part of it,” Phil Con­trino, chief box of­fice an­a­lyst at BoxOf­fice.com, told the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. “You look at some re­cent hits there like Trans­form­ers and In­ter­stel­lar... and there’s a big re­sponse there.”

The $100.8 mil­lion taken in on the open­ing week­end in China is the third-high­est box of­fice there ever, be­hind car­ac­tion film Fu­ri­ous 7 ($182.4 mil­lion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($155.7 mil­lion), a comic-su­per­hero film.

The Chi­nese movie mar­ket saw $29.6 bil­lion in ticket sales last year, a 32 per­cent in­crease over the past two years, faster than the 6 per­cent growth in the rest of the world. The box of­fice in China is ex­pected to pass $40 bil­lion by 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to a Chi­nese film in­dus­try re­port, 18 new movie screens are added daily in China.

At the end of 2014, China had 23,600 screens (the US has about 39,600).

Juras­sic World made $208.8 mil­lion in North Amer­ica in three days. In com­par­i­son, Juras­sic World’s box of­fice in United King­dom and Ire­land was $29.6 mil­lion, fol­lowed by Mexico ($ 16.2 mil­lion), South Korea ($14.4 mil­lion), France ($12.5 mil­lion), Aus­tralia ($12.1 mil­lion), Ger­many ($11 mil­lion) and Rus­sia ($9.4 mil­lion). Hong Xiao in New York con­trib­uted to this story

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