” comfortably dominated the Chinese box office for the second weekend. It dropped 47% in its second week, but again accounted for the majority of all cinema business nationwide.
The watery superhero movie earned $53.9 million, according to data from exhibition and distribution consultancy Artisan Gateway. It played on some 25,000 screens, or nearly half of those available in China. That included 559 IMAX screens, delivering $5m, and lifting the film’s IMAX
China cumulative to $18.4m. After 10 days on release, its cumulative total has swelled to $189 million.
Japanese animated feature “My Neighbor Totoro
” was the weekend surprise package. Released for the first time in China, some 30 years after its bow in Japan the Hayao Miyazaki
-directed, Studio Ghibli
-produced crowd pleaser earned $13 million in three days. It is assumed that the film was widely pirated in the three prior decades.
It comfortably beat Indian fact-based drama “Padman
,” about a man who devises a