Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Doctor Strange' Retains Lead, 'Billy Lynn' Debuts Second

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Doctor Strange' Retains Lead, 'Billy Lynn' Debuts Second

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Disney's Doctor Strange retained top spot at the Chinese box office in the week of Nov 7-13, raking in $40.16m, the equivalent of almost half of the week's total box office.

The film, which is the third Marvel adaptation released in China this year, has amassed a 10-day total of $85.03m and has narrowly surpassed The Avengers to become the seventh-highest-grossing Marvel adaptation film ever in China.

New releases filled the next three spots. Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which was given the most screening slots on its Friday opening day, failed to edge out Doctor Strange and had to settle for second place with $11.97m from its three-day opening weekend.

The English-language film has received a generally positive local user's rating, while its unprecedented high rate of 120 frames-per-second in 3D and 4K resolution has become a hot talking point. The tickets sold at a premium price of RMB300 ($44) were in high demand, but only a couple of selected cinemas are able to project the film in such a format.

Trailing close behind was Japanese animation One Piece Film: Gold which launched with $10.36m from its first three days, representing the best opening weekend for a Japanese film this year. …

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