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'Blade Runner 2049' falls flat in China while Warner Bros' 'Geostorm' outperforms

'Blade Runner 2049' falls flat in China while Warner Bros' 'Geostorm' outperforms

Hollywood had a mixed week at the box office in China.

Director Dean Devlin’s disaster thriller “Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess and Daniel Wu, had a higher-than-expected opening of $34.1 million in ticket sales in China, despite a dismal performance in North America, according to film consulting firm Artisan Gateway.

The Warner Bros. film is lead actor Gerard Butler’s top-grossing debut in China, surpassing his previous releases “London Has Fallen” and “Gods of Egypt.”

Chinese moviegoers were particularly attracted to the film's California-born Chinese American actor Daniel Wu, who has made his mark as a box-office magnet.

By contrast, Sony...

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