Jason Statham

'Doctor Strange' rules China's box office in opening weekend

'Doctor Strange' rules China's box office in opening weekend

An American superhero film conquered the Chinese box office last weekend, pulling in more than twice the total cash of its closet rival.

“Doctor Strange, ” a Marvel Studios production staring Benedict Cumberbatch as a surgeon turned sorcerer, drew $44.4 million in its first three days, according to film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway. The action film also dominated in the U.S., taking in $85 million during its same debut weekend.

The Chinese black comedy “Mr. Donkey” scooped up $11 million last week, far behind its first-place competitor but an impressive 27% rise since its previous weekend debut to reach $19.7 million. The film tells the...

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