'Star Wars' earns $52 million in opening weekend in China

AP News
Posted: Jan 11, 2016 2:09 AM

BEIJING (AP) — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" earned $52 million during its opening weekend in China, a strong start but pulling in much less than "Fast & Furious 7" did on its first weekend in the country.

Leading entertainment consultancy EntGroup said that by Monday afternoon the movie had earned just under $56 million in the world's second-largest movie market.

"Fast & Furious 7" earned $182 million during its opening weekend in May last year. It went on to gross $390.9 million in China, just over a quarter of the movie's total earnings.

Liu Cuiping, vice director of research for EntGroup, said she still expected "The Force Awakens," which opened in China on Saturday, to pull in around $230 million in the country.