"Ip Man 4," the latest installment in the Chinese martial arts film franchise "Ip Man" based on the life of a legendary Wing Chun master, led the Chinese mainland box office Saturday, according to the China Movie Data Information Network Sunday.
The film raked in 738,500 yuan (around 105,700 U.S. dollars) on Saturday, accounting for nearly 14 percent of the daily total.
Set in the 1960s, the new film sees Donnie Yen reprising the title role as the kung fu master who travels to the United States to work with Bruce Lee after the latter decides to open a Wing Chun school.
It was followed by "S.W.A.T," a domestic gangster film, which pocketed 664,200 yuan on its second day of screening.
Coming in third was "Sheep Without a Shepherd," a Chinese adaptation of a renowned Indian drama. It grossed about 606,000 yuan.
"Manou the Swift," a German-produced animated adventure film starring the voices of Kate Winslet and Willem Dafoe, hit the big screen in China Saturday.
Also known as "Birds of a Feather," the film tells of an adopted swift named Manou who grows up believing he is a seagull like his parents.
Manou strives to swim, fish and fly like a seagull and fails. When both seagulls and swifts get into trouble, Manou fights heroically -- combining the traits of an inventive swift and courageous seagull.
"Manou the Swift" is the first animated feature film made by Germany-based LUXX Studios, which is best known for its visual effects in "The Grand Budapest Hotel", "White House Down" and "Independence Day: Resurgence".
"The Professor and the Madman," an Irish drama film, is set for theatrical release in the Chinese mainland on Dec. 24.
It tells the story of Professor James Murray, who began work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the 19th century and received over 10,000 entries from Dr. William Minor, a murderer with schizophrenia.
Directed by Farhad Safinia, the film stars Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.
Plenty of force was with "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on its first night in theaters, but it fell short of the two previous films in the trilogy.
"The Rise of Skywalker" brought in an estimated $40 million in North America in its Thursday night previews, the fifth biggest Thursday opening ever.
The first film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," earned $57 million its Thursday night previews in 2015, at the time the biggest of all time. It was topped by the $60 million take of "Avengers: Endgame" earlier this year.
The second film in the trilogy, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," had a $45 million tally on its opening Thursday night in 2017.
"The Rise of Skywalker," with "The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams back at the helm after Rian Johnson directed "The Last Jedi," didn't appear to be affected by bad critic reviews. The film scored just 58% with critics on Rotten Tomatoes compared to 98% for "The Last Jedi," but its fan score is 85%.
The third film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Carrie Fisher and is expected to bring in $200 million by the end of the weekend.
"Ip Man 4," the latest installment in the Chinese martial arts film franchise "Ip Man" based on the life of a legendary Wing Chun master, led the Chinese mainland box office Friday, according to the China Movie Data Information Network Saturday.
The film raked in about 95.90 million yuan (around 13.69 million U.S. dollars) on its opening day, accounting for nearly 48 percent of the daily total.
Set in the 1960s, the new film sees Donnie Yen reprising the title role as the Kung Fu master who travels to the United States to work with Bruce Lee after the latter decides to open a Wing Chun school.
It was followed by Chinese film "Sheep Without a Shepherd," which pocketed nearly 38.44 million yuan.
Coming in third was Chinese romance film "Only Cloud Knows," which grossed about 21.27 million yuan on its first day of screening.