'Star Wars 7,' 'Mojin' dominate global box offices

Global moviegoers went crazy for two debut films last weekend during the Christmas-New Year season, "Star Wars 7" and Chinese tomb raid blockbuster "Mojin" (寻龙诀). Both films broke a set of box office records.
A poster for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" [File photo]

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," as expected, stormed the global box office and raked in US$247.9 million in its first three days in North America, including a record-breaking US$57 million in Thursday night previews and a record US$119 million for opening day. The film also made another US$281 million internationally for a massive US$524.9 million worldwide opening, topping "Jurassic World's" previous global record by US$4.1 million, according to tracking agency BoxOfficeMojo.com.
Thus, the new installment of the space opera saga also shattered the largest Friday, opening day, and single day box office records in North America, as well as highest per theater average, the biggest December weekend, the biggest IMAX opening, numerous local opening records in other countries and regions (such as the biggest opening weekend in the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Australia, Russia and more) and many more records along the way, likely with more to come.
The global number for "Star Wars 7" may have been even higher if the film opened in the Chinese market, the world's second largest, last week. But Chinese audiences will not see "Star Wars" in the cinema until Jan. 9, 2016. A China premiere for the film will be held on Dec. 27 in Shanghai with director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and leading actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega attending but the media is speculating on just how big it will be in China, considering the fact that China doesn't have a huge fan base or nostalgia as people in other markets do for the film franchise.
Despite the global dominance of "Star Wars 7," Chinese audiences last weekend were cheering for their own domestic blockbuster, "Mojin - The Lost Legend" by Wuershan, a fantasy adventure movie adapted from the best-selling tomb raid novel series "Ghost Blows out the Light."
According to Wanda Pictures, "Mojin - The Lost Legend" earned 600 million yuan (US$92.64 million) in just three days. It became the No. 2 movie internationally behind "Star Wars 7" and set new Chinese box office records for highest domestic 3D film midnight preview with 8.7 million yuan (US$1.34 million), the biggest opening day for films screened during New Year season with 170 million yuan (US$26.24 million), and the biggest single day record for a domestic 3D film with 230 million yuan (US$35.51 million).
Another Chinese film "Surprise – Journey to the West" generated 148.6 million yuan (US$22.94 million) and came in at No.2 in China and No. 3 internationally. With its massive preview a week ago, the comedy has accumulated 263 million yuan (US$40.6 million) in total in the Chinese market.

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