BEIJING, May 13 -- Superhero sequel "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" dominated China's box office by taking in 286 million yuan (45.9 million U.S. dollars), or some 60 percent of the domestic box office, from May 5 to 11, according to a report of China Film News.
The movie has grossed 349 million yuan in China since its opening on May 4, an awkward date because the Chinese people have to return to work after the May 1 to 3 holiday.
Though the Spider-Man movie is yet to catch up with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which raked in more than 700 million yuan in China, it still achieved more than the previous four Spider-Man movies.
Sony's Spider-Man franchise was one of the first superhero movies to be introduced to China. Chinese Spidey fans never had the chance to see Tobey Maguire in the role, with his 2002 first entry in the series only earning 43 million yuan in China.
Earlier this year, however, the rebooted Spider-Man's Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx all came to China to promote the sequel. But the competition has also intensified.
As Chinese director Zhang Yimou's "Coming Home" and the new X-Men movie "Days of the Future Past" will open on May 16 and May 23 respectively, time is limited for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
Other box office winners include "My Old Classmate," a love story between two university classmates. Released on April 25, the film has made more than 400 million yuan, a similar success to last year's "So Young," a youth romance movie which took in 710 million yuan.
In third place last week was "The Great Hypnotist," a thriller starring "Lost in Thailand" lead Xu Zheng.