Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2 The Runaway opened to strong reviews in China over the weekend, but it indeed proved the hare in the local box office race, finishing in second behind Chinese sports drama Never Stop.

Monday is Dragon Boat Festival in China, a national holiday. Peter Rabbit 2, directed by Will Gluck, earned $7.8 million from Friday to Sunday, with Sony projecting a $11.1 million finish for the full holiday weekend. Chinese ticketing platform Maoyan estimates the sequel end its run with $19.9 million, which would be 24 percent behind the first Peter Rabbit film’s 2018 total of $26.3 million in China.

It’s possible that the strong word of mouth for Peter Rabbit 2 — it’s currently scoring 9.3 on Maoyan and 7.4 on Douban — could help it exceed early forecasts. By late morning Monday in China the Sony sequel had leapt ahead of Never Stop, which has far more middling social scores — 8.4 from Maoyan; 5.7 on Douban.

Never Stop, the directorial debut of Han Bowen, stars Zheng Kai (The Eight HundredThe Ex-Files franchise) as a past-his-prime Chinese track star. It opened Saturday at the front of the pack and pulled in $10.2 million by the end of Sunday.

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