The Chinese patriotic action blockbuster "Wolf Warrior 2" has become the highest-grossing film ever in China's box office, rising last week to $608.6 million in ticket sales.
Much of its 18-day run occurred during an unofficial "blackout" when the Chinese government prohibits foreign films to spur its domestic market.
The movie raked in an additional $208.4 million last week when foreign films reappeared in theaters, according to film consulting firm Artisan Gateway.
The action-adventure film, produced by Beijing Dengfeng International Media, stars martial artist Wu Jing, Chinese American actress Celina Jade and American actor
The Chinese crime thriller "Guilty of Mind" came in a distant second, with $24.4 million in its first three days.
The Hong Kong heist film "The Adventurers" opened third, with a close $22.1 million in three days. It debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, and features well-known Chinese actors Andy Lau, Shu Qi and French actor Jean Reno.
The fantasy romance "Once Upon a Time" slid to fourth place, earning $13.8 million for an 11-day total of $77.7 million.
Another newcomer, "Legend of the Naga Pearls," opened with $12.4 million in its first three days. The fantasy-action film features the royal descendant of an ancient tribe on a quest to find magic pearls.