‘The Mummy’ edges out ‘Alien’ to stay on top

Los Angeles Times - - COMPANY TOWN - By Gaochao Zhang Zhang is a spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent for The Times.

BEI­JING — Action-ad­ven­ture film “The Mummy” topped China’s box of­fice for the sec­ond week in a row, although it nearly lost out to more fu­tur­is­tic crea­tures.

The Universal Pic­tures re­boot, star­ing Chi­nese fa­vorite Tom Cruise, nar­rowly beat 20th Cen­tury Fox’s “Alien: Covenant,” with $29.2 mil­lion in ticket sales, ac­cord­ing to film con­sult­ing firm Ar­ti­san Gate­way. The sci­ence fic­tion movie made $28.5 mil­lion in the world’s sec­ond-largest film market.

“The Mummy” has grossed $82 mil­lion in the last 10 days, far bet­ter than in North Amer­ica, where the movie landed with a thud. Chi­nese movie­go­ers have an in­sa­tiable ap­petite for tomb-raid­ing themes and 3-D Imax screens. The film has taken in about $295.6 mil­lion world­wide.

The Mummy fran­chise has a his­tory of suc­cess in the Mid­dle King­dom. “The Mummy Re­turns” ranked as the fourth-high­est gross­ing film in China in 2001.

The lat­est in­stall­ment of the long-stand­ing space hor­ror fran­chise “Alien: Covenant” did well de­spite its treat­ment from Chi­nese cen­sors. They scrapped six min­utes, in­clud­ing Michael Fass­ben­der’s kiss with another man. Some movie­go­ers moaned on so­cial me­dia about the cut and said Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties should re­spect the orig­i­nal ver­sion.

Warner Bros’ “Won­der Woman” fol­lowed in third place, ad­ding $13.5 mil­lion, lift­ing its to­tal ticket sales to $83.9 mil­lion.

“Pi­rates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” pulled in an ad­di­tional $7.9 mil­lion, rank­ing fourth. It has ac­cu­mu­lated $170.4 mil­lion over 24 days.

Mean­while, In­dia’s “Dan­gal” con­tin­ued its strong run in China. It has earned a to­tal of $185.9 mil­lion there.

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