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China Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Minions’ Break Opening Records

Released on Tuesday (Sept. 8) with a record score for a 2D imported film, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” dominated the Chinese box office scene through the week and finished with $86.4 million after just six days.

That score was built on 447,000 screenings and represented an astonishing 82% share of the combined box office of the top 10 films, according to data from Ent Group. The performance was no doubt amped by the three city tour by star Tom Cruise, as well as two months of marketing by Alibaba Pictures Group and ticket pre-sales via Alibaba’s T-Mall. But the blockbuster did not have it all its own way over the weekend.

Minions” was released on Sunday (Sept. 13) and claimed $18.1 million from 64,600 screenings, to beat “Rogue Nation”’s Sunday score of $13.8 million from 62,400 outings. Its one day score was a record opening for an animation.

Other films, represented almost no competition. In third spot, Chinese crime story “The Dead End” held on to its third spot, but gathered only $4.86 million of additional sales through the seven days, to finish with $46.8 million after 18 days.

“Terminator Genisys” was sent back to history. It added only $4.13 million to extend its total to $113 million after 22 days.

“Monster Hunt” added a modest $2.80 million in an unchanged fifth position. That was enough to give it $382 million and to snatch the record for all-time top gross away from “Furious 7.”

The bottom of the chart was held up by “Fly Me To Venus,” a Golden Harvest extension of its “Fly Me To Polaris” romance franchise that was last seen in 1999. It managed just $600,000 in three days.

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