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In another downbeat weekend at the Chinese Box Office, Hong Kong action sequel L-Storm, starring an always-svelte Louis Koo, swept into cinemas with a winning $30 million.
The third film in Hong Kong director David Lam’s Z-Storm crime franchise, L-Storm had an opening that matches or surpasses the total earnings of its two predecessors. Released in 2014, the first Z Storm film topped out at $15.2 million, while sequel S-Storm finished in China with $30 million in 2016.
The franchise stars Koo as an anti-corruption investigator fighting white-collar crime in Greater China. The series is produced by Hong Kong studio Pegasus Motion Pictures and an assortment of mainland Chinese partners, including Huace Media and Wanda Pictures. The latest two films in the franchise were produced by Hong Kong industry veteran Raymond Wong. The franchise’s steady gains with each release augur well for further installments.
Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout held onto third place in its third weekend, adding $12.6 million. The Tom Cruise juggernaut has earned a hefty $162.3 million in China, which is Hollywood’s fourth-best performance there this year, trailing only Avengers: Infinity War ($360 million), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($261 million) and Ready Player One ($$219 million).
Japanese import Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura, a live-action fantasy adventure directed by Takeshi Yamazaki, opened in third place, earning $3.7 million. Destiny’s release continues a trend of increased exposure for Japanese cinema in the heavily regulated China market.
Studio 8’s Alpha slid to fourth place in its second weekend, adding $1.6 million for a $15.3 million China total. Disney and Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp scored fifth with $1.2 million over its fourth frame. The Paul Rudd superhero sequel now sits at approximately $120 million, according to data from Beijing-based box-office tracker EntGroup.
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