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China box office grows 22% in first half of 2014
China box office grows 22% in first half of 2014

China’s box office grew more than 22% in the first half of 2014, to $2.2 billion, and U.S. titles such as "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" helped imported films grab more than half of all ticket sales in the world’s second-biggest movie market. The top-grossing movie so far this year on the mainland is the domestic production "The Monkey King," which racked up $168.5 million over the Chinese new year winter holiday, but Captain America, Spider-Man and other U.S. superheroes have proved formidable challengers in recent months. Foreign films snared 51.4% of the total box office through June 30, figures compiled by Shanghai-based industry consulting firm...

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