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China spurns Hollywood movies in favor of the hyper-patriotic 'Wolf Warrior 2'

China spurns Hollywood movies in favor of the hyper-patriotic 'Wolf Warrior 2'
Wu Jing writes, directs and stars in the explosive "Wolf Warrior 2." (Well Go USA)

The patriotic juggernaut "Wolf Warrior 2" continued its dominance of China's box office for a fifth straight week, eclipsing Hollywood films including Disney/Pixar's "Cars 3" that had a tepid showing in the world's second-largest film market.

"Wolf Warrior 2" grossed an additional $38.7 million last weekend, according to film consulting firm Artisan Gateway, extending its all-time China record to $805 million.

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Foreign films once again entered the Middle Kingdom's theaters after more than a month of an unofficial government-imposed ban on imported movies. The blackout, which aims to bolster the local film industry, usually happens during national holidays and summer vacations.

The French sci-fi film "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" topped the new releases. The action-adventure film, based on the comic series "Valerian and Laureline" by Pierre Christin, opened with a healthy $28.7 million after three days. It has already outperformed Luc Besson's previous sci-fi action film, "Lucy," which opened in 2014 with $19 million in its first three days and eventually collected $40.8 million in China.

Disney/Pixar's "Cars 3" ranked fourth, debuting with a disappointing $10.7 million. Its previous film, "Finding Dory," grossed approximately $38.5 million in 2016.

Sony's crime-and-action film "Baby Driver," starring Ansel Elgort and Lily James, scored $9.6 million in its debut. The critically acclaimed film was a hit in the U.S.

By contrast, the Hong Kong-Chinese crime film "Paradox" added $24 million, bringing its two-week total to $65.7 million.

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