China’s box office opened to a dismal start in 2017, receiving only $246 million in ticket receipts, a 30% drop compared with the same period last year.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” topped the charts last week, raking in $30.6 million in its first three days, according to consulting firm Artisan Gateway.
Lucasfilm’s epic adventure film, which stars Felicity Jones and Diego Luna alongside Chinese actors Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen, received high praise from Chinese moviegoers: It garnered 7.5 out of 10 on the fan rating site Douban.
Reviewers applauded the performances and depictions of their fellow countrymen.
But the movie’s strong...