‘Lord of the Rings’ Dominated by ‘Detective Conan’ in China Opening Weekend

Japanese animation “Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet” led both “Godzilla vs.

Kong” and the debut of the 4K remastered “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” this weekend at the China box office.Although the “Fellowship” re-release should have been a headlining event, the film’s roll-out was bungled when Chinese authorities left just one full day between their Wednesday theatrical approval for the title and its Friday opening.Cinemas across the country did not receive the digital prints of the film in time, leading to canceled screenings on Friday and Saturday, and refunds for angry viewers who had already bought tickets.Imax — whose prints arrived even later, since they’d been asked to prepare a new version of the film that exactly matched the standard one — missed a substantial portion of the weekend in most cities altogether.“Fellowship” ended up coming in fifth with just $4.04 million — a

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