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'Mr. Six' crosses $100 million, tops China box office

“Mr. Six,” a star-studded story of an aging ex-con brought out of retirement to help his son, soared past the $100-million mark at the Chinese box office last week.

The Huayi Bros. movie -- featuring prominent director Feng Xiaogang in the title role -- earned $67 million in the seven days ending Sunday, according to film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway, bringing its total earnings to $106 million since its Dec. 24 release.

In second place, Chen Sicheng’s suspense drama “Detective Chinatown” earned $65.2 million in its first four days in theaters, already outperforming the director’s 2014 directorial debut, “Beijing Love Story,” Artisan said.

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“Mojin: The Lost Legend” fell to third place last week. But the grave-robbing tale directed by Wuershan has earned nearly $239 million in three weeks, making the fantasy epic from Wanda Pictures the third-highest-grossing Chinese-language film ever, trailing only “Monster Hunt” and “Lost in Hong Kong.”

Rounding out the top five were two comedies, “Devil and Angel,” which has earned $97.7 million to date, and the new release “Heart for Heaven,” which opened on New Year’s Eve and took in $11.5 million through Sunday.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is set to open in China on Saturday.

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