Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" dominated China's box office last weekend, handily overtaking "The Fate of the Furious" with ticket sales of $49.4 million.
The action and sci-fi sequel, directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, earned $22 million more than its predecessor, "Guardians of the Galaxy," did on its opening weekend in 2014.
"Power Rangers" and Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," both opening in China this Friday, have dampened expectations that "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" will surpass the first film's $86.4-million box-office haul in China, according to film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway.
The Hong Kong-Chinese action and crime thriller "Shock Wave" came in second place, pulling in $25.1 million in its second week.
Directed by Herman Yau and starring Hong Kong's veteran actor Andy Lau, a major star in China, the film significantly outperformed other Chinese-language films over the Chinese May holiday period, grossing $51.6 million over 10 days.
Wanda Pictures' crime and suspense movie "Battle of Memories," starring Huang Bo and Xu Jinglei, held on to third place on the top-five list, grossing $16.7 million.
Universal Pictures' "The Fate of Furious" fell from the top place to the fourth, earning an additional $16.4 million and raising the record-breaking film's total gross to $380.5 million.