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Godzilla x Kong Regains Top Spot in Chinese Box Office; ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Surpasses $100 Million

Key Points:

  • Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire reclaimed the #1 position at the Chinese box office, earning $7.3 million over the weekend.
  • Studio Ghibli’s The Boy and the Heron surpassed $100 million in China, despite facing criticism from Chinese nationalists.
  • Other notable performers include Viva La Vida and Kung Fu Panda 4, while Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning made its debut.

In a battle of box office titans, the fantasy action movie Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire has regained the top spot at the mainland Chinese box office, while Studio Ghibli’s critically acclaimed animation The Boy and the Heron continues its impressive run, crossing the $100 million mark despite facing criticism from Chinese nationalists.

Godzilla x Kong Reclaims Throne, Tops Foreign Films in China

Godzilla x Kong
Godzilla x Kong

According to Variety, after ceding the top position to The Boy and the Heron the previous weekend, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire roared back to claim the #1 spot at the Chinese box office. The fantasy action flick earned an impressive $7.3 million (RMB51.5 million) over the weekend, marking a 32% drop from the previous week. With a cumulative gross of $121 million (RMB862 million) after 24 days in theaters, “Godzilla x Kong” has become the highest-grossing foreign film in China so far in 2024.

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The Boy and the Heron Soars Past $100 Million

Godzilla x Kong
Godzilla x Kong

Despite Controversy, While The Boy and the Heron relinquished its top spot, the Studio Ghibli animation continued its impressive run, surpassing the $100 million mark in China. The film’s 19-day cumulative stands at $104 million (RMB735 million), higher than last year’s The First Slam Dunk but lower than Suzume. However, the film’s performance has been clouded by a wave of Chinese nationalist commentary criticizing its portrayal of Japanese characters and the country’s involvement in World War II. Despite the controversy, the film’s box office success further cements the enduring appeal of Japanese animation among Chinese audiences.

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Other Box Office Highlights:

  • Viva La Vida held strong in its fourth weekend of re-release, earning $2.1 million (RMB15.2 million) and a cumulative of $35.9 million (RMB255 million).
  • Kung Fu Panda 4 dropped only 20% in its fifth weekend, amassing a total of $48 million (RMB341 million) since its March 22 release.
  • Japanese animation Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning debuted in fifth place, earning $1.4 million (RMB9.6 million) over the weekend.

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