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China’s movie box office has smashed the world’s seven-day revenue record for a single territory, racking up an astonishing $548 million in ticket sales over the Chinese New Year’s holiday period, plus Valentine’s Day on Sunday.
That eclipses the record set in North America six weeks ago, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens lifted the territory to $529.6 million from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
The record one-week haul also is considerably more than the Chinese box office generated for the entire year just one decade ago. In 2006, China’s total box office was approximately $327.5 million.
Hong Kong hitmaker Stephen Chow’s latest comedy Mermaid helped fuel the historic total, grossing $275.1 million for the week, according to data from Beijing-based box office monitor Ent Group.
Wong Jing and Andrew Lau’s From Vegas to Macau III, starring Chow Yun Fat, came in second, pulling in $119.6 million in seven days. Fantasy blockbuster sequel The Monkey King 2, starring Aaron Kwok and Gong Li, also raced past the $100 million mark, earning $116.2 million.
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