Weinstein Co. Partners With Wanda for 'Lion' China Release

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The best picture contender has already grossed over $77 million at the global box office.

Lion's journey will now continue into China.

Wanda has taken an equity stake in the Garth Davis-directed feature from The Weinstein Co., with a commitment to release the film in China.

This is not the first partnership for Wanda and Weinstein. In 2014, the companies co-produced the boxing movie Southpaw.

Lion has grossed $38 million at the domestic box office, and $77 million worldwide. A Chinese release with the world's largest movie theater operator would prove very lucrative for the the best picture contender.

Dev Patel stars in the true story of Saroo Brierley, an Australian of Indian descent who was adopted by a Tasmanian family after being separated from his birth mother, only to track her down using Google maps and travel back to India some two decades later.