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Updated 10:35 AM EDT, Thu, Apr 18, 2019

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Kong: Skull Island Makes Roaring Debut at Chinese Box Office

Kong: Skull Island Collection in China.

(Photo : Getty Images. ) Kong: Skull Island now stands behind Resident Evil as the second highest opening in China for a Hollywood movie this year.

Kong: Skull Island has made a roaring debut at the Chinese box office with a $22.5 million opening day haul on Friday, which is inclusive of Thursday midnight screenings. The movie's grand opening means that Chinese audience have given a huge thumbs up to yet another big Hollywood release, following the success of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

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Kong: Skull Island now stands behind Resident Evil as the second highest opening in China for a Hollywood movie this year. The action adventure flick has also entered its name in the record books by enjoying the fifth biggest-ever opening for a Hollywood movie in the Middle Kingdom.

The Jordan Vogt directed movie, which is a reboot of the famous King-Kong franchise, is also doing well in the U.S. market. It raked up $18 million in its third weekend at the American box office, which should propel the epic monster movie's total collection to $140 million by coming Sunday.        

Most critics have rated the movie above average, with the special effects and fast paced story being signaled out as its positive factors. The epic monster flick stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Brie Larson.

Hollywood's another big release Beauty and the Beast also made a spectacular opening in China last week, with more than $45 million dollar haul during the first three days of its collection. The musical romantic movie scored the biggest ever opening for a Disney movie in China.     

This year Hollywood movies have enjoyed a very good spell at the Chinese box office, which again underscores the growing prominence of the Chinese market for Hollywood. According to experts, in a few years, China will surpass the U.S. to become the world's largest movie market.         

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