In China, “John Carter” isn’t a disaster movie

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John Carter

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Disney’s expen­sive and crit­i­cally panned 3D epic “John Carter” has found favor in — of all places — China.

There, the partly ani­mated film opened in first place, bring­ing in 188 mil­lion yuan ($29.8 mil­lion U.S.) over its first 10 days. Accord­ing to Film Busi­ness Asia, this amounts to 10% of John Carter’s world­wide rev­enues and almost half of its total North Amer­i­can grosses.

In Japan, yet another fran­chise of blue robotic cat Dorae­mon has made it to the top, hold­ing No. 1 spot for four weeks in a row.

The anime film Dorae­mon: Nobita and the Island of Mir­a­cles — Ani­mal Adven­ture brought in an esti­mated $3 mil­lion this past week, accord­ing to Tokyo Hive. The film has now taken in almost $25 million.

In sec­ond place is romance We Were There, a film based on a comic that was also turned into an ani­mated TV series which gross­ing $2.6 mil­lion this past week for a two-week total of $12 million.

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