The live action-animated Chinese movie "Monster Hunt" has hauled in more than $291 million at the mainland box office, becoming the No. 3 biggest release of all time in the territory behind only "Furious 7" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction."
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"Monster Hunt" could still easily overtake the fourth installment in the "Transformers" franchise, which just last July itself was setting box-office records in China.
"Monster Hunt" earned almost $69 million in the seven days ending Sunday, film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway said Tuesday.
"Pancake Man," another big Chinese summer hit, held onto the No. 2 spot last week. The movie, distributed by Wanda Pictures, has earned nearly $165 million in total since its mid-July release.
The animated film "Monkey King: Hero is Back" was the No. 3 film last week; its gross now stands at nearly $126 million.
Rounding out the top five were the new releases "Lady of the Dynasty," a period piece staring Fan Bingbing which opened Thursday and made $15.5 million in its first four days in theaters, and "Wild City," a Hong Kong-China action movie that earned about $14 million.
Chinese authorities have imposed a blackout period on foreign movies, also called a "domestic film protection month," since mid-June. During this time. major Hollywood and other non-Chinese films are not allowed new releases.
Chinese theater-goers have been unable to see many Hollywood summer blockbusters including "Minions," "Ant-Man," "Terminator: Genisys," "Inside Out" and "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation."