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China Box Office: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Leads, Lou Ye’s ‘Saturday Fiction’ Disappears

China Box Office: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Leads, Lou Ye’s ‘Saturday Fiction’ Disappears

Hollywood films and local arthouse led the Chinese box office this weekend, with “Jumanji: The Next Level” taking the lead with a $24.7 million debut, while Lou Ye’s Venice title “Saturday Fiction” was abruptly yanked from the lineup of releases.

Remarkably, Diao Yinan’s stylish and bloody neo-noir “Wild Goose Lake” did almost as well as “Jumanji” in its opening weekend, taking $19.4 million to come in second. Starring Hu Ge, Gwei Lun Mei, and Liao Fan, the crime thriller debuted in competition at Cannes in May, but appears to have undergone four minutes of cuts, given the listed 113-minute runtime of the version screening in China.

Disney’s “Frozen 2” came in third with $9.6 million, bringing its cumulative box office in China up to $105 million.

Local crime thriller “The Whistleblower” made $4.3 million in its debut. The film features Tang Wei, the starlet who was once banned from mainland filmmaking for her

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