The first Hollywood blockbusters to hit China after the country’s big National Day holiday have, as expected, swept away holdover patriotic titles that had previously ruled the box office. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
” edged out another new release, “Gemini Man
,” to lead the pack with a $22.5 million opening weekend.
” arrived in China day-and-date with the U.S., the Ang Lee
-directed “Gemini Man
” hit theaters stateside a week before on Oct. 11. It grossed $21 million in its mainland opening, according to data from consultancy Artisan Gateway.
Chinese user reviews for “Maleficent
” were mixed, giving the film a 9.1 and 8.8 rating out of 10 on the Maoyan and Taopiaopiao ticketing platforms, respectively, but just 6.2 on the more discerning Douban
site. Opinions of “Gemini Man
” were less polarized, with users according it an 8.0, an 8.1 and a 7.1 score on the three platforms.
On Maoyan, most “Maleficent” commenters expressed admiration for Angelina Jolie