China Box Office: ‘Monster Hunter’ Opens Fifth Despite Being Pulled From Theaters
Patriotic Chinese viewers flexed their muscles this weekend to topple Paul W.S.
Anderson’s “Monster Hunter,” which grossed just $4.8 million before it was pulled from cinemas due to complaints that interpreted a line of dialogue to be racist and “insulting to China.”In a slow week, however, that was enough to net it a fifth place open, even though cinemas had entirely pulled the title from their line-ups by early Saturday.
The result is assuredly disappointing, however, considering Anderson’s previous China outing.His last film to screen in China was 2017’s “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” which grossed $160 million there — six times more than it did in the U.S., making China the title’s top-selling global market by a margin of more than $123 million.(The two other of Anderson’s films screened in the country did not receive quite the same reception: earlier franchise chapter “Resident Evil: Retribution
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