Magazine article Screen International

Monster Hunt', 'Monkey King' Break Chinese Box Office Records

Magazine article Screen International

Monster Hunt', 'Monkey King' Break Chinese Box Office Records

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The CGI/live-action hybrid also became the fastest Chinese film to pass the RMB1bn ($169m) benchmark last week, taking just eight days. Enlight Media's Lost In Thailand previously held the record for highest-grossing Chinese film ever with $202m in 2012.

In its second full week (July 20-26), Monster Hunt grossed $113.16m and pulled in 19 million admissions, according to EntGroup figures. Produced by Bill Kong's Edko Films and mainland partners, the film is directed by Raman Hui, whose credits include work on the Shrek movies.

Wanda Pictures' superhero spoof Jian Bing Man also held up strongly in its second week, grossing $70.15m from 13.3m admissions for a cumulative gross of $139.52m after 10 days.

In third place, Monkey King: Hero Is Back took $32.79m from 5.9 million admissions, for a cume of $108.17m after 17 days. That makes it China's highest grossing animation ever, overtaking Kung Fu Panda 2, which took $98m in 2011. …

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