Jennifer Lawrence

Sony's 'Passengers' dominates China's box office, just before deluge of Chinese films for Lunar New Year

Sony's 'Passengers' dominates China's box office, just before deluge of Chinese films for Lunar New Year

Heartthrob stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt helped Sony’s romantic space adventure “Passengers” dominate China’s box office last week, in the run-up to the Lunar New Year holiday, when vacationers flood theaters.

The pair are popular in China, and the film added $17.1 million to its gross of $34.5 million since opening Jan. 13, according to film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway.

A domestic romantic comedy, “Some Like It Hot,” struggled to catch up. The film racked up $12.8 million, dropping nearly 40% from the previous week. Its 24-day ticket sales totaled $82.7 million.

Disney’s sci-fi film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” earned $8.7 million, bringing its...

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