‘Godzilla’ crushes China box office, opens with $38.2-million weekend

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“Godzilla” stomped its way to the top of the mainland China box office last week, taking in $38.2 million in its first three days of release — the second-best opening weekend for any imported film this year, behind only “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

With its powerful start, the Warner Bros. monster movie is likely to surge past the $100-million mark on the mainland. “X-Men,” which hauled in $40.6 million on its opening weekend, has taken in nearly $113 million in the territory to date, according to figures from film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway.

“Captain America: Winter Soldier,” which had a $37.9-million opening weekend in China, made more than $115 million on the mainland.

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