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China Box Office: ‘Mojin’ and ‘Devil’ Score Strongly Over Busy Christmas Weekend

Mojin: The Lost Legend” and “Devil And Angel” topped the Chinese box office over the busy Christmas period.

The cinema-going importance of December and the Christmas week in particular was emphasised by three Chinese films ranking among the world’s top five box office scores this weekend. Major Hollywood films are not given release slots at this time of year.

“Mojin” held on to its top spot for the week (Dec. 21-27) with $95.7 million, giving it a 10 day cumulative score of $189 million, according to data from Ent Group.

Measured over the Friday to Sunday weekend, new release comedy “Devil” came out on top. It scored $79.3 million after the four days since its Dec. 24 release. “Devil” took the crown on Friday and Saturday ahead of “Mojin.” Positions were reversed on Sunday.

In third place through the weekend was drama “Mr Six” with director Feng Xiaogang in the lead role as a nostalgic former gangster. The film scored $39.9 million in its first four days. Estimates put it in first place for Monday.

In fourth place “Surprise” added $8.4 million for a cumulative of $49.5 million after 10 days. “Detective Chin Tang” managed fifth place and $4.43 million on the strength of its previews alone.

“Forever Love” took fifth place and $1.17 million, for a cumulative of $4.48 million after 17 days. “Anniversary” earned $860,000 in sixth place in four days.

Previews of Jan. 1 release “Little Door Gods,” an animation which counts Alibaba Pictures Group as an investor, earned $910,000.

“Point Break,” in ninth place, earned $700,000 for a cumulative of $38.6 million after 24 days. In tenth, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water” soaked up $330,000 for a cumulative of $8.79 million after 27 days.

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