‘Wolf War­riors’ on top

The ac­tion film earns $34.3 mil­lion in first four days of re­lease, beat­ing ‘Kings­man.’

Los Angeles Times - - COMPANY TOWN - By Julie Maki­nen julie.maki­nen@la­times.com

BEI­JING — The Chi­nese spe­cial-forces ac­tion film “Wolf War­riors” clawed its way to the top of China’s main­land box of­fice last week, earn­ing $34.3 mil­lion in its first four days of re­lease dur­ing the na­tion’s an­nual tomb-sweep­ing hol­i­day.

“Wolf War­riors,” di­rected by and star­ring Jacky Wu (a.k.a. Wu Jing) along­side Bri­tish mar­tial artist Scott Ad­kins, out­foxed 20th Cen­tury Fox’s “Kings­man: The Se­cret Ser­vice,” fig­ures from film in­dus­try con­sult­ing firm Ar­ti­san Gate­way showed.

“Kings­man,” a comedic spy film from “X-Men: First Class” direc­tor Matthew Vaughn that stars Colin Firth and Sa­muel L. Jack­son, has earned $55.7 mil­lion since its March 27 re­lease in China, de­spite open­ing more than six weeks af­ter its U.S. re­lease.

The ro­man­tic com­edy “Let’s Get Mar­ried,” adapted from a Chi­nese TV show, landed in third place for the seven days end­ing Sun­day, pulling in $23.9 mil­lion.

The Hong Kong thriller “Insanity” placed fourth with $4.4 mil­lion. Di­rected by David Lee Kwong-yiu, the film tells of what hap­pens when a schiz­o­phrenic man who was con­victed of man­slaugh­ter is re­leased by his doc­tor from a psy­chi­atric fa­cil­ity.

Round­ing out the top five was Dis­ney’s “Cin­derella,” which crossed the $70mil­lion mark.

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THE CHI­NESE spe­cial-forces ac­tion film “Wolf War­riors” topped “Kings­man: The Se­cret Ser­vice” at China’s main­land box of­fice last week. Above, movie­go­ers in Bei­jing in Jan­uary.

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