‘Interstellar’ continues to dominate south east Asian screens

NEW DELHI: Filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Interstellar topped the Greater China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South Korea box office for the second consecutive weekend.


In South Korea, the sci-fi epic earned an additional 14.4 billion (US$13.1 million) from 1.79 million admissions, representing a 6.5 per cent week-on-week increase. After 11 days in cinemas, it has earned 38.7 billion (US$35.1 million) from 4.84 million admissions. It is already the third-highest grossing foreign film in South Korea this year.


In Greater China where it opened several days later than most of the world, the sci-fi epic opened in Mainland China last Wednesday. Released in 2-D and IMAX, it earned RMB259 million (US$42.2 million) from approximately 7.19 million admissions.


After a slow start, grosses picked up considerably over the weekend, earning RMB194 million (US$31.6 million) from approximately 5.38 million admissions between Friday and Sunday. It represented approximately 29.5 per cent of all screenings over the weekend.


Four years ago, Nolan's Inception (2010) made RMB101 million (US$16.5 million) in its first five days, and RMB475 million (US$77.5 million) during its theatrical run.


Interstellar will have to defend the top spot from Wong Fei- hung reboot Rise of the Legend and World War II war film Fury this weekend.


Interstellar also remained at the top of the box office in Taiwan, earning NT$19.9 million (US$649,000) in Taipei after a week-on-week drop of only 9 per cent. After two weekends, the sci-fi epic has made NT$56.9 million (US$1.85 million) in the capital.


In Hong Kong, Interstellar had a small week-on-week drop in its second weekend. From 45 locations, it made an additional HK$11.2 million (US$1.44 million) between Thursday and Sunday, representing a week-on-week drop of only 4 per cent.


After two weekends, the film has made HK$27.2 million (US$3.50 million).


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