Wednesday, October 4

The Hollywood Reporter.

No More Bets, a crime thriller from the same city, was the highest-grossing film in China during the 11th-13th weekend, grossing $101.1 million. It received numerous preview screenings before its Wednesday opening, and has already earned an impressive $247.5 million by now.

Meg 2: The Trench, a sequel featuring giant sharks and co-produced by Warner Bros. and CMC Pictures, fell to third place in its second weekend with $16.7 for the frame and $91 million in total earnings. However, Chinese fantasy blockbuster Creation of the Gods 1: Kingdom of Storms secured another solid second place with $26.8 million, while its four-weekend series earned $283.4 million.

The three-day opening of Paramount Pictures’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutation Mayhem, which featured Jackie Chan as the voice cast, was a disappointment, with the movie having slipped to mediocre status in China. This is not the first time that Hollywood films have struggled to break through in this country, and it looks like Maoyan will top with $1.5 million.

Shen Ao, a recent addition to the film industry, has directed No More Bets, which is executive produced by Ning Hao and features computer programmers like Lay Zhang. The story centers on two characters who are lured into online scams by gang members in China, leading to an unsettling outcome. Maoyan predicts that the movie will earn more than $500 million by the end of its run.

The popularity of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, which was a surprise hit among cosmopolitan young Chinese women, has begun to decline. It has earned $35.8 million so far, with Maoyan anticipating slight increases in the next few years.

The Oppenheimer, helmed by Christopher Nolan, will be the next high-profile U.S. title to open in China on Aug. 30.

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