“Boonie Bears 3” beats “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which was released in China on Jan. 9 2016. Earlier MNG had reported that “The Force Awakens” was beaten by the Indian film “Bajirao Mastani.”
J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” collected $53 million in the opening-weekend on Jan. 9 and Jan. 10 whereas the gross declined 72 percent in last week and managed to make $14.82 million on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Sunday, Jan. 17.
According to HollywoodReporters, during the opening and the second day, the movie had 167,060 showings in China, but last Saturday and Sunday, it received just 66,568 showings.
“The Force Awakens” was beaten by a low budget local animated movie “Boonie Bears 3.” Walt Disney Studios has never publicly discussed its prospect for “The Force Awakens” in China.
“Given the relatively low awareness of ‘Star Wars’ in China, the solid performance of ‘The Force Awakens’ bodes well for the future of the franchise,” Disney said in a statement on Tuesday.
The 3d animated film “Boonie Bears 3” is based on popular Chinese animated cartoon series “Boonie Bears” shown on Central China Television (CCTV) and Beijing Television Network (BTV). The film produced by Fantawild Holdings and LeVision Pictures.
“Boonie Bears 3” grossed $15.08 million on Saturday and Sunday and as of Monday, the film earned a total of $20.07 including preview screening. “Boonie Bears 3” achieves approx 10 percent more showings than “The Force Awakens” over the weekend.
After the release of nine days, the Disney and Luscasfilm blockbuster has earned $97.46 million. According to NyTimes report early estimates for Monday, “The Force Awakens” earned only $2.43 million. Now the “The Force Awaken” looks unlikely to collect more than $125 million in China film market.
Before releasing “The Force Awakens” in China, the world second largest theatre market Walt Disney had made a massive marketing, as most of the Hollywood film, earned approx $100 million-plus gross in China.
“The Force Awakens” is likely to finish in China somewhere between “Terminator: Genysis” earned $111 million, “Mission Impossible — Rouge Nation” earned $135 million, but those two titles managed $440 million and $682 million worldwide grosses, respectively, whereas Force Awakens has already earned over $1.81 billion globally.
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