'Star Wars' blasts off in China with record $53 million

January 10, 2016 5:59 PM

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" proved a big draw in China, the world's second-largest movie market, grossing an estimated $53 million in ticket sales in its first two days in theaters.

That studio-estimated gross is the biggest Saturday-Sunday box-office opening ever in China. It did 70% better than the previous holder of that particular record -- Paramount Pictures' "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation."

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