China Box Office: Donnie Yen Actioner ‘Raging Fire’ Sparks Up Screens Despite Broader Sales Slump

Donnie Yen-starring action thriller “Raging Fire” roared to the top this weekend in China with a $37.2 million opening, according to data from consultancy Artisan Gateway, but its sales were far from enough to revive China’s slumping ticket sales.Yen was last seen on Chinese screens last year in Disney’s “Mulan,” which performed worse than expected.

But he proved that he remains enough of a box office draw to pull his film to the top, despite an otherwise slow weekend.“Raging Fire” is the final movie from iconic “White Storm” helmer Benny Chan, who died last summer.

It will soon blaze through to North America, where it is distributed by Well Go USA Entertainment and will hit screens on Aug.

13 after an outing as the centerpiece selection of the New York Asian Film Festival.Second this weekend was youth romantic drama “Upcoming Summer,” a new release from Huayi Brothers that debuted to $20.6 million.

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