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'Spectre' dominates China box office with $49-million opening weekend

'Spectre' dominates China box office with $49-million opening weekend

James Bond helped push 2015’s mainland Chinese box-office receipts across the $6 billion mark last week, as “Spectre” racked up $49 million in its first weekend in cinemas.

The 007 film, which opened Friday, accounted for half of all box-office receipts, data from film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway showed. The Sony Pictures release got a boost from a publicity tour by stars Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux, who held a news conference in Beijing; Craig also appeared on a television gala sponsored by e-commerce giant Alibaba to promote its annual “Singles Day” Nov. 11 shopping extravaganza, China’s equivalent of the American post-Thanksgiving...