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'Hobbit' stays on top at China box office, chased by 'Running Man'

'Hobbit' stays on top at China box office, chased by 'Running Man'
Cate Blanchett as the Elf Queen Galadriel in the fantasy adventure "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." (Warner Bros. Pictures / AP)

"The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies" stayed atop the mainland Chinese box office last week, adding $43.5 million to its haul and bringing the Warner Bros. film's cumulative gross to $95 million after 10 days in release.

"Five Armies," the third and final installment in the Peter Jackson-directed series, has now out-performed the previous two installments in China: "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" pulled in a total of $74.8 million last year, and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" earned $51 million in total in 2013, according to film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway.

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In second place last week was "Running Man," adapted from a Chinese reality TV show of the same name. It earned $38.2 million in its opening weekend for Huayi Bros. The Chinese animated "Boonie Bears: Mystical Winter," from LeVision Pictures, came in at No. 3, with more than $17.4 million including some advance screenings, Artisan said.

"Miss Granny," a remake of a South Korean comedy, dropped to fourth place. Since the film's Jan. 8 release, it has taken in more than $58 million.

In fifth place for the week was "Pleasant Goat and the Big Big Wolf 7," the latest in an animated series from Shanghai Film Group, which earned $4.3 million in its first two days of release.

Universal Pictures' Angelina Jolie-directed World War II story "Unbroken," which opened Friday, failed to crack the top five for the seven days ending Sunday, Artisan said.

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