Ryan Reynolds as Guy and Lil Rel Howery as Buddy in 20th Century Studios’ FREE GUY. Photo by Alan Markfield. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

“Free Guy” crosses $50m at China box office

Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds cruised to an easy second-weekend win at China’s box office, earning $18.3 million for a 10-day total of $56.6 million.

The performance makes the 20th Century and Disney’s hit the third biggest new Hollywood release in China this year, behind Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga ($203.8 million) and Legendary/Warner Bros.’ Godzilla vs. Kong ($188.7 million), according to HollywoodReporter.

Skydance Media’s The Tomorrow War, starring Chris Pratt, also received a rare theatrical release in China over the weekend after being acquired by Amazon Prime Video for most of the rest of the world early in the summer. The sci-fi action film reportedly opened to $8 million and received a good-to-middling set of social scores, ranking 8.6/10 on ticketing service Maoyan and 6/10 on movie buff site Douban. Thanks to Amazon’s streaming release, the film has been widely available on Chinese piracy networks for weeks.

Local Chinese blockbuster Raging Fire slipped to third place, adding $6.2 million for a total of $175.5 million after six weekends. Disney/Pixar’s Luca landed in fourth with $1.3 million for a $12.8 million haul.

China is said to have relaxed its summer blackout on imported Hollywood releases, but several major U.S. studio titles, such as Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, remain undated.

Photo credit: 20th Century Studios

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