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‘The Mermaid’ Becomes Highest-Grossing Film Ever in China

Stephen Chow’s fishy fantasy “The Mermaid” comfortably won its second week at the Chinese box office and swam into the record books as the biggest film of all time released in China.

At the end of the weekend it stood at $415 million after 14 days of release, overtaking the previous records of “Monster Hunt” and “Furious 7,” both set last year. Estimates for Monday (Feb. 22) see it extending that score to $431 million.

In the past week it scored $139 million, ahead of $40 million for “The Monkey King 2” and $32.5 million for “The Man From Macau 3.” Both films were released the same day as “Mermaid,” the first day of the Chinese New Year holidays, and stand at $157 million and $152 million, respectively.

Over the three-day Friday-to-Sunday weekend, “The Mermaid” was again top, beating new release “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny,” which opened with $20.8 million in three days. That puts “Mermaid” on course to become the first half billion dollar-scoring film in Chinese history.

Over the week to Sunday, “Kung Fu Panda” added a further $13.8 million in fifth place. That put it at a $141 million cume after 24 days.

Lesser places on the box office list were occupied by “Boruto Naruto the Movie,” which opened with $9.33 million in three days; “Mr. Highheel,” with $8.07 million in the week and $12.9 million after eight days; “Run for Love” with $1.58 million and $7.08 million after eight days; animated feature “Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure” at $1.37 million; and “Boonie Bears III” at $650,000 for the week and a $43.1 million 37-day total.

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