HTS0080_v001.1052_R.JPG Remember that insanely profitable third chapter of the insanely popular film franchise based off of the insanely popular comic book hero? Of course you don’t do. The last installment of the Iron Man trilogy, Iron Man 3, has been doing a victory lap around the globe, raking in ticket sales from the good people of Earth who either waited until the last minute to see it or had to wait until it opened in their country. The Metal Man, as Thor calls him, made his most recent victory in Hong Kong, where he raked in $13.6 million in its two month run. It is currently sitting pretty at the highest grossing film in Hong Kong for the first half of 2013.


In addition to Iron Man 3’s victory, World War Z takes second place on Hong Kong’s greatest hits list of ’13. It’s only been in theaters for two weeks, but the zombie-infused thriller has pulled roughly $4 million from Hong Kong’s box office. However, it’s still running in theaters, so it may have the opportunity to snatch the number 1 spot from Iron Man 3. Sitting at number 3 is A Good Day to Die Hard, Bruce Willis’ latest (last?) installment in the long running Die Hard saga, which received $3.7 million form Hong Kong moviegoers. For those of you who were wondering who would win in a fight between Iron Man and John McClane, there’s your answer.20130320174420625


Way down at number 4 is Journey to the West, Stephen Chow’s epic fantasy, which earned $3.66 million. The Chinese film is a homegrown favorite in the mainland, but on a very short list of Chinese-language films that screened in Hong Kong. After the first half of 2013, Hong Kong’s box office has sold over $98 million in tickets.


974c8211d0e94fca9214ca0923cc8521For the past two weeks, Iron Man 3 has been a box-office juggernaut that continues to siphon money from moviegoers across the globe. The third installment of the Marvel/Disney spectacle hasn’t lost much momentum, even amidst stiff competition from The Great Gatsby and Star Trek Into Darkness, all of which are in 3D. Even with a strong opening in China, and grossing over $1 billion worldwide, the Chinese box-office has found a new object of cinematic desire: American Dreams in China.


Spanning from the 1980s to the early 2000s, American Dreams in China (directed by Peter Chan) follows three friends as they attempt to build a school in China that teaches English. The main characters (Cheng, Meng, and Wang) have ambitions to go to America to find their fortune, but realize that it isn’t possible due to relationship difficulties and being unable to attain a study visa. When all three hit bottom, they team up to co-found New Dream, a school for Chinese citizens who want to learn English. As it is with most rags-to-riches stories, success comes with a price, and the three risk being torn apart by their business endeavor. It is alleged that American Dreams is based off of a true story, which may have contributed to its success.


While Iron Man 3 holds steady after earning $13.5 million last week in China, American Dreams raked in more than $16.3 million since it opened on May 17. If that doesn’t sound like a major accomplishment, it took Oblivion over a week to earn the same amount of money during its run. According to speculation in the Chinese film industry, American Dreams is expected to outperform Iron Man 3 in the Chinese mainland. While China has shown a fondness for Hollywood blockbusters, the country has a newfound affinity for their domestic films. For some perspective on the matter, the top two grossing films of all time in China are Avatar and Lost In Thailand.