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'War for Planet of the Apes' again dominates China's box office

'War for Planet of the Apes' again dominates China's box office
"War for the Planet of the Apes" raked in an additional $38 million in China box-office sales, bringing its total haul to $98.4 million. (20th Century Fox)

In a triumph of apes over humans, "War for the Planet of the Apes" defeated "The Hitman's Bodyguard" to remain atop China's box office for the second straight week.

The sci-fi film raked in an additional $38 million in box-office sales, bringing its total haul to $98.4 million, according to the film consulting company Artisan Gateway.

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The 20th Century Fox film has nearly eclipsed the Chinese box-office performance of its predecessor, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," which grossed $107 million over its entire Chinese run in 2014. The film cost $152 million to make.

Millennium Films' "The Hitman's Bodyguard," starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, hit Chinese theaters Sept. 22, one month after its American debut. The film earned $13.6 million in its first three days.

A few Chinese moviegoers didn't actually expect to watch it. "The Hitman's Bodyguard," whose Chinese title, wangpai baobiao, roughly translates to "Top Agent's Bodyguard," which shares a similar name with "Kingsman: The Secret Service," produced by 20th Century Fox. That title translates to "Top Agent's Special Service." The overlap appears to have caused minor confusion among audiences, with a few viewers claiming to have bought tickets for a different film.

The Spanish thriller film, "Contratiempo," finished third last week, up one place from the week prior in its first full week of screenings. It earned $11.1 million, bringing its Chinese total to $16 million in ticket sales.

Sony Pictures' "Spider-man: Homecoming" fell to fourth place, bringing in $10.1 million in its third week. Its Chinese total is now a healthy $114.4 million since hitting theaters Sept. 8.

The mainland domestic film, Sanya Hedi Media's "Please Open Your Window," debuted in fifth place, with $1.9 million. The film was shot on the tropical southern island of Hainan.

DeButts is a special correspondent for The Times.

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