BEIJING -- China's box office has made its first $1 billion for the year, crossing the mark in the week that ended Sunday with some help from "Robocop."
Year-to-date box office receipts for the mainland -- the world's second biggest movie market behind the United States -- now stands at $1.03 billion for 2014, film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway said, a pace significantly ahead of 2013.
"Robocop," Jose Padilha's remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 futuristic dystopia classic, took in $21.5 million in its second week in release, claiming the top spot. The MGM production has now grossed $42 million in China.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" pulled in $11 million during the week, taking the No. 2 spot. The film has now racked up $71.3 million in China, Artisan said.
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