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‘Terminator Genisys’ Smashes Records at Chinese Box Office

Chinese audiences are breathing fresh life into the Terminator franchise.

“Terminator Genisys,” the fifth film in the cyborg series, failed to draw big crowds in the U.S., but overseas it’s a different story. The Paramount Pictures and Skydance release scored the fourth-biggest opening day for a U.S. release in the country, picking up $27.4 million after debuting Sunday across 25,000 locations. That pushes its worldwide total to $335.1 million, with roughly three quarters of that haul coming from abroad.

It was a very good weekend for Paramount and Skydance, which also fielded the second-highest grossing film on the foreign charts, “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” The sequel snagged $25.2 million from 63 territories, pushing its worldwide haul to $438.6 million. A China debut is slated for Sept. 8.

In third place, “Bride Wars,” a Chinese remake of the Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway comedy, earned $23.6 million. Fox Intl. Pictures, the studio’s local-language arm, is handling the rollout.

Fox’s “Fantastic Four” tried to salvage some of the studio’s investment after the superhero adventure flopped Stateside. The comic-book movie snagged fourth place with $16.2 million from 65 territories. That brings its global total to $130.4 million, making it unlikely that the studio will recoup its $125 million production spend and the millions more it shelled out in advertising costs.

“Go Away Mr. Tumor,” the story of a popular Chinese cartoonist with a fatal brain tumor, rounded out the top five, picking up $13 million. It has now generated $65 million since opening on August 13.

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