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Transformers movie poised to overtake Avatar as box office champion in China

Published on Jul 6, 2014 5:57 PM
 
Transformers: Age Of Extinction is set to dethrone Avatar as the highest grossing movie ever to be shown in China after it crossed the 1-billion yuan ($200-million) mark in box-office takings last Thursday, Chinese reports said. -- PHOTO: UIP

BEIJING - Transformers: Age Of Extinction is set to dethrone Avatar as the highest grossing movie ever to be shown in China after it crossed the 1-billion yuan (S$200-million) mark in box office takings last Thursday, Chinese reports said.

As of last Friday night, the fourth instalment in the alien-robot franchise had taken in more than 1.1 billion yuan, an amount reached in eight days after its June 27 opening, according to website NetEase.

Previously, the fastest Chinese movie to reach 1 billion yuan in China, taking 15 days, was Stephen Chow's 2013 film Journey To The West, said Sina.com.

James Cameron's Avatar reportedly achieved 1 billion yuan in 37 days in 2009 and it remains China's box office champion with 1.3 billion yuan.

 
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