The Hunger Games kept top spot at the Chinese box office over the past week but one local film has finally broken Hollywood's dominance of the charts.
A second-week grab of 68.6 million yuan (8.7 million euros) helped The Hunger Games hold off Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in mainland Chinese cinemas, with the actioner having now collected an estimated 135 million yuan (17 million euros), according to Ent Group.
For its part, Madagascar 3 took in 49 million yuan (6.2 million euros) for 162 million yuan (20.5 million euros) from its first 17 days in cinemas but the real surprise for the week was the strong showing on debut by the Taiwan-China co-production Black & White: Episode One.
The Tsai Yueh-hsun-directed thriller picked up 48 million yuan (six million euros) on debut to break Hollywood's stranglehold on Chinese cinemas and to relegate Men in Black 3 into fourth spot.
The Will Smith smash still managed 31 million yuan (four million euros) and now has an impressive 508 million yuan (64.3 million euros) in its coffers after 31 days of screening.
Snow White casts spell over Japan
The past week in Japan saw Snow White and the Huntsman continue at the top of the charts in its second week of release. The fantasy-actioner raked in just over US$2.5 million (two million euros) for a two week total now of just a notch under US$11 million (8.8 million euros), according to Tokyo Hive.
One-two stayed the same in Japan over the past week with the locally produced rom-com Hotaru no Hikari collecting just under US$2 million (1.6 million euros) for a total of US$15.3 million (12.3 million euros) after three weeks of screenings.
Korean audiences flock to see Ko's latest turn
Meanwhile in South Korea, the many and varied charms of box office queen Ko Hyeon-jeong saw her latest action-comedy Miss Conspirator debut in first place with admissions totaling an estimated 331,514, according to Han Cinema.
That was enough to knock the erotic thriller The Emperor's Concubine from first place. The erotic thriller still picked up admissions of 224,477 for a two-week total of 2.18 million.