‘Furious 7’ Makes Chinese Film History as Highest-Grossing Movie

“Furious 7” sped past “Transformers 4” to become the top-grossing film in Chinese history, bringing in a total of $324.3 million and dominating China’s box office for the third straight week.

“Furious 7” earned $72.7 million from April 20 to April 26 in China, reflecting steady demand in the world’s second-biggest economy as receipts began to tail off in the U.S., according to data from EntGroup Inc., a Chinese entertainment research agency. The car-heist drama has brought in $1.3 billion worldwide, making it the fifth highest-grossing movie in history.

“The strong opening of ’Furious 7’ led lots of theaters to show it on more screens,” EntGroup analyst Ou Wanyong wrote in an e-mail. Ou said the movie also faced few action competitors at the moment.

“The Left Ear,” a Chinese-made romance, ranked second last week in China with $31.5 million. “Ever Since We Love” took third place with $10.2 million.

The following table shows Chinese movie box office figures from EntGroup. The amounts are based on gross ticket sales for April 20 to April 26.

                             Rev. Showing Screening  Total
 Movie                      (mln)  Days   Numbers   (mln)
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  1 Fast & Furious 7        $72.7    15    398,897   324.3
  2 The Left Ear             31.5     3    121,138    31.5
  3 Ever Since We Love       10.2    10    133,087    21.9
  4 Home                      8.02    3     58,070     8.02
  5 Wolf Warriors             4.92   25     65,169    84.0
  6 Sabotage                  2.50    3     38,219     2.50
  7 Silent Separation         2.11   -3      7,367     2.11
  8 Mortdecai                 1.42   10     41,696     3.53
  9 Kingsman: The Secret
    Service                   0.67   31      6,653    78.0
 10 The Queens                0.56   12     23,579     2.46


Source: EntGroup

— With assistance by Haixing Jin

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