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Most expensive Chinese film rakes it in

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016

The most expensive film in the history of Chinese cinema, The Great Wall, directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Matt Damon, has earned around $US67 million ($A92 million) over its opening weekend, the China Box Office website reports.

This is the year's fourth biggest opening of a film in the Chinese market, which is the second-largest market in the world in terms of box office receipts, and which is set to become the biggest by the end of the decade.

The movie, which cost $US150 million, tells the story of an English mercenary, played by Damon, and of another Spaniard, and is set in historical China where the Great Wall has been built to stop the arrival of flesh-eating monsters.

The Great Wall is the first China-US production by Legendary Studios, acquired in early 2016 by Chinese tycoon Wang Jianlin, who owns the Wanda group.

Warcraft, another film produced by Legendary, also earned $US96 million during its opening weekend earlier this year with a total haul of $US211 million.

The Mermaid, the highest grossing movie in China this year, directed by popular Chinese director Stephen Crow, made $US488 at the box-office to become China's highest-grossing movie.

The Great Wall opens in the United States on February 17.

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