Deadline: There’s a lot this weekend that’s reminiscent of last year’s comparable frame, which again has a Hunger Games movie atop the heap, and a space sci-fi epic coming in at No. 2 across the globe. And yet, there are shifts to watch. The Martian seemed to have a strong China debut all but assured this weekend given the performance of recent comps, its own stellar run elsewhere and a plotline that puts the Chinese in nice light. Debuting in the Middle Kingdom this past Wednesday, it grossed a fantastic $50.1M to best the starts of films like Gravity and Interstellar. As Mockingjay ($21.8M) and Spectre ($83.4M) have all but legged out, a question now might become how The Martian stretches over the next short while before the December China blackout hits.