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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' debuts atop Chinese box office

MoviesTwentieth Century Fox Film Corp.Gordon Chan
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' has already blown past the previous installment at the China box office
'Apes' rules the weekend as China's year-to-date box-office tally reaches nearly $3.23 billion

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" ruled the mainland Chinese box office last week, swinging to $44.8 million in its first weekend of release and notching the second-biggest opening of any imported film this year behind only "Transformers: Age of Extinction."

Despite opening seven weeks after its stateside debut, "Apes" has already blown past the previous installment of the 20th Century Fox franchise, which earned a total of $31.6 million after opening in October 2011, according to figures from film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway.

In second place in the seven days ending Sunday was "The Four 3," a martial arts film from Gordon Chan, which took in $13.4 million for the week, bringing its total gross to nearly $30.2 million.

DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" added $11.9 million to its mainland tally, bringing its cumulative take in the territory to nearly $63.4 million.

The No. 4 spot went to the Hong Kong real estate comedy "Temporary Family," with $6.9 million, while "Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants" rounded out the top five with nearly $2.4 million.

Year to date, mainland China's box-office total stands at nearly $3.23 billion, according to Artisan Gateway.

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