Five Highest-Grossing Movies in China

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1. The Mermaid

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Origin: China/Hong Kong
Chinese ticket sales: $493 million
Story in a nutshell: A mermaid is sent to assassinate a tycoon who’s polluting the sea in a fishy tale that ends in romance.
Critic’s view: An “exhilarating, bizarre, good-hearted, blatantly obvious sci-fi-fantasy-slapstick eco-fable”

2. Monster Hunt

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Origin: China/Hong Kong
Chinese ticket sales: $355 million, although there has been some controversy over inflated figures.
Story in a nutshell: A partly animated children’s fantasy set in a mythical past, where humans and monsters live alongside one another.
Critic’s view: “What makes Monster Hunt so tyke-friendly is its easily digestible story arc, refreshingly devoid of Confucian morality, educational historical background or nationalistic grandstand.

3. Fast & Furious 7

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Origin: United States
Chinese ticket sales: $353 million
Story in a nutshell: An action-fuelled saga about street racing that’s speeding through a major Hollywood franchise.
Critic’s view: “The editing is frenetic, the dialogue dreadful, the stunts ludicrous, the running time extravagant, and the lack of consequences appalling.” –

4. Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Origin: United States
Chinese ticket sales: $288 million
Story in a nutshell: Scantily clad humans team up with giant alien robots to save the world. Again.
Critic’s view: “For those who aren’t still blindly faithful to something they liked when they were nine, despite the colossal scale, there’s little to see here.”

5. Mojin: The Lost Legend

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Origin: China
Chinese ticket sales: $245 million
Story in a nutshell: Based on a best-selling Chinese online novel, grave-robbers search for the tomb of a Mongolian princess.
Critic’s view: “The film clearly hopes to attract the same audiences that made Indiana Jones and The Mummy series international juggernauts, but an over-reliance on CGI and obvious sound stage work dilutes the film’s adventurous energy.”

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