China Box Office: Jackie Chan’s ‘Ride On’ Wins Weekend, ‘Suzume’ Hits $100M and ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Stalls
After 60 years in the movie business, Jackie Chan is still a box-office force. The Hong Kong action legend added another chapter to his storied career over the weekend as his latest action feature, Ride Onfended off competition from the Japanese anime hit Suzume and Universal Pictures’ The Super Mario Bros. Movie to win the weekend in China.
Directed by Larry Yang and produced by Alibaba Pictures, Ride On stars Chan as a washed-up stuntman battling debt collectors over ownership of his stunt horse. The film opened to $11.7 million, topping Suzume‘s $8 million performance and Super Mario‘s muted showing $6.3, according to data from Artisan Gateway. Ride Onwhich also stars Liu Haocun, Kevin Guo and Wu Jing, is on pace for a $30 million-plus career run.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie smashed expectations and set a number of box-office records in North America and several other international markets during the long Easter holiday weekend. But in China, where US films have been struggling this year, the movie has disappointed commercially even though it earned rave social scores (9.4 on Maoyan and 9.5 on Taopiaopiao). Universal set the film up well with a launch on Wednesday, April 5, China’s Qingming Festival national holiday. But the movie was handily beaten by a pair of holdovers: Suzume earned $7.6 million and Chinese family drama Hachiko took
$5.4 million, while Super Mario made just $4.7 million. Mario‘s modest haul amounted to the biggest opening day for a Hollywood animation since the start of the pandemic and the second-biggest single day for a US studio film in 2023 — but that’s not saying much given how poorly Hollywood films have fared in China lately. .
In North America, Super Mario earned $204.6 million over the five-day weekend. Not long ago, during the years prior to the pandemic, strong IP-driven Hollywood tentpoles would often earn as much of more in China as they did at home in the US Chinese ticketing app Maoyan currently projects. Super Mario to finish its run in China at $17.5 million (although the film’s strong social scores could help it manage a somewhat stronger hold).
Japanese anime maestro Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume, meanwhile, continued its sensational China run, earning $8 million during its third weekend and sailing to $102.6 million overall. The film is likely to earn upwards of $110 million, setting a new all-time high-water mark for Japanese animation in China.
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