BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhua) -- "Need for Speed," the American film adaption of the namesake series of video games, ruled China's box office in the week ending March 16, according to a film industry weekly.
The film, which stars Aaron Paul as a street racer joining a cross-country race, grossed 134 million yuan (21.8 million U.S. dollars) in the first three days since its debut on March 14, according to figures released by China Film News on Tuesday.
The previous week's champion, "RoboCop," a remake of the 1987 classic science fiction action film, dropped to second place with 44.4 million yuan in box office last week, and its total gains in China reached 309 million.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the second film in the Hobbit series, and the French action comedy "The Family," directed by Luc Besson and starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones, came in third and fourth, respectively, during the week.
The only Chinese film on the box office charts was romantic comedy "The Old Cinderella," which took fifth place.