BEIJING, Jan. 25 -- James Cameron's box office behemoth "Avatar" has become the first film ever to earn 100 million U.S. dollars on the Chinese mainland, according to Sina.com.cn.
|James Cameron's box office behemoth "Avatar" has become the first film ever to earn 100 million U.S. dollars on the Chinese mainland. (XInhua/Reuters file photo)
The sci-fi spectacular, which opened in Chinese cinemas on January 4, earned 698 million yuan ($102 million) in mainland cinemas as of Sunday, the report said quoting anonymous insiders.
"Avatar"'s achievement is ground-breaking because no other film has ever come close to the $100 million threshold at mainland box offices. Disaster movie "2012", the previous box office record holder on the mainland, grossed 465 million yuan ($68 million).
Last week, some cinema chains in China decided to pull "Avatar" off 2-D screens to make room for domestic films. But the move will unlikely be a drag on the film's box office performance. According to Sina.com.cn, the 2-D version of the film only accounted for 40 percent of its total earnings on the mainland. "Avatar" will continue to be screened in 3-D, digital and Imax format.
In North America, "Avatar" has been the box office champion for six weeks. The film has become the second top-grossing film of all time on the continent behind Cameron's another smash hit, "Titanic".