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Hollywood films and local arthouse led the Chinese box office this weekend, with “Jumanji: The Next Level” taking the lead with a $24.7 million debut, while Lou Ye’s Venice title “Saturday Fiction” was abruptly yanked from the lineup of releases.
Remarkably, Diao Yinan’s stylish and bloody neo-noir “Wild Goose Lake” did almost as well as “Jumanji” in its opening weekend, taking $19.4 million to come in second. Starring Hu Ge, Gwei Lun Mei, and Liao Fan, the crime thriller debuted in competition at Cannes in May, but appears to have undergone four minutes of cuts, given the listed 113-minute runtime of the version screening in China.
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Disney’s “Frozen 2” came in third with $9.6 million, bringing its cumulative box office in China up to $105 million.
Local crime thriller “The Whistleblower” made $4.3 million in its debut. The film features Tang Wei, the starlet who was once banned from mainland filmmaking for her early-career role in Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution,” which authorities found too steamy. It was directed by Xue Xiaolu, a female helmer best known for her last collaboration with Tang, the 2013 romantic comedy “Finding Mr. Right.”
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The Rian Johnson-directed murder mystery film “Knives Out,” starring Daniel Craig and Chris Evans, came in fifth with $4 million. It has now earned $24 million in China.
Initially, Lou’s “Saturday Fiction” was scheduled to come out this past Saturday, which would have turned ticket sales into a bit of a showdown between Tang in “The Whistleblower” and the black-and-white wartime drama’s megastar, Gong Li. “Saturday Fiction” debuted...
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