China Box Office: ‘Never Say Die’ Becomes Biggest Single-Market Comedy Ever With $280M

October 16, 2017 - box office

The body-swapping sports comedy surpassed a Jackie Chan film for a internal pretension while overtaking ‘Meet The Fockers’ ($279 million) for a single-territory pretension worldwide.

Never Say Die only won’t quit.

The body-swapping sports comedy from museum unit incited film powerhouse Mahua Funage warranted $30.9 million in a third weekend, bringing a 16-day sum to a large $280 million, according to box bureau analysts EntGroup.

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That was only adequate to give it a pretension of biggest comedy ever in a singular market, holding a climax from Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro’s Meet a Fockers ($279.3 million, 2004). It also surged past Jackie Chan’s Kung Fu Yoga ($250 million) from progressing this year, apropos a biggest comedy ever in a China market.

The slapstick strike is an instrumentation of a Mahua Funage theatre play of a same name. It tells a story of a fighter and a publisher who mysteriously barter bodies after they are zapped by electricity. Both a play and a film were co-directed by Song Yang and Zhang Chiyu, and a film stars Ai Lun and Ma Li, a dual leads from Mahua’s prior blockbuster pound Goodbye Mr. Loser ($226 million, 2016).

Bad Genius, a Thai thriller about deceit high propagandize kids who emanate a complement to lie on exams, non-stop in second place with $17.1 million for a weekend — a outrageous transport for a Southeast Asian title. Co-written and destined by Nattawut Poonpiriya, a critically well-regarded film warranted $3.3 million in Thailand after a May opening. 

Martial humanities drama Chasing a Dragon finished in third, adding $7.1 million for sum of $76.6 million after 3 weekends. That was followed by low-pitched dramedy, City of Rock, that warranted $7 million, holding a sum to $53.7 million. 

STXfilms’s Jackie Chan co-production The Foreigner brought in $3.7 million in a third frame, holding a China sum to a healthy $76.7 million. Globally, a film only crossed $100 million, creation it a transparent leader given that it cost only $35 million to produce. 

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