China Box Office: ‘Ip Man 3’ Opens to $75M Amid Fraud Allegations, ‘The Mermaid’ First to Cross $500M

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‘Zootopia,’ meanwhile, gave Disney Animation its highest China debut ever, pulling in $23.5 million and earning rave local reviews.
Ip Man 3, the latest installment of the hit Hong Kong martial-arts franchise starring Donnie Yen, punched its way to a massive opening weekend in mainland China.

The fight flick, which was produced by Pegasus Motion Pictures and includes the stunt casting of Mike Tyson as a bone-crunching villain, grossed $71.5 million from Friday to Sunday, according to estimates from Beijing-based box-office monitor Ent Group.

The film’s high-flying rollout has been marred by widespread allegations of fraud, however.

Several major media outlets, including the state-backed China Daily, carried reports Monday alleging that Ip Man 3’s Chinese distributor, Dayinmu Film Distribution, orchestrated an audacious scheme to enhance the film’s perceived performance.

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