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WEDNESDAY UPDATE: The Amazing Spider-Man (Columbia/Sony Pictures) pulled in $5.3M on its second day in China, bringing its two-day cume to $10.6M. That bested The Dark Knight Rises (Legendary/Warner Bros Pictures), which pulled in $4.6M on its second day, with a cume of $535.2M. So far, TDKR has brought in $958.2M worldwide. The second-day figures show TDKR continues to surge past both Inception (up 135%) and Harry Potter (up 92%) in a 2D China opening.
TUESDAY: The Amazing Spider-Man (Columbia/Sony Pictures) passed the $700M mark worldwide Monday. Sony today reported that Chinese movie-goers went to theaters in huge numbers as the Spidey pic opened with a big $5.46M at approx 2,515 locations Monday. The 3D pic bested the 2D The Dark Knight Rises opening simultaneously Monday in China. The Legendary/Warner Bros Picture opened with an estimated $4.45M from 2,400 sites in China. This is Warner Bros. highest 2D opening there, outgrossing any 2D Harry Potter as well as 2D Inception.
IMAX is estimating a combined gross of $1M for opening day of Dark Knight Rises (Legendary/Warner Bros Pictures) and The Amazing Spider-Man (Columbia/Sony) in China. This ranks among other top IMAX openers in the region such as The Avengers and Mission Impossible 4. The estimate also is notable because DKR and Spider-Man both opened on a Monday.
U.S. studios avoid having two films that are targeting similar audiences open on the same date, but the state-owned China Film Group, which oversees the release of imported movies, has been doing just that, aiming to limit their total grosses and boost the percentage of box office generated by Chinese-made pictures. A similar situation occurred July 27 with the release of the animated movies “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “The Lorax” in China.