Headlines From China: ‘Dune’ Mines Just $6.45 Million Out of China on Opening Day

‘Dune’ Mines Just $6.45 Million Out of China on Opening Day

“Dune” was unable to surpass Chinese propaganda war movie “The Battle at Lake Changjin” to take the top spot on its China opening day Friday, coming in second with just $6.45 million (RMB41.2 million) according to Maoyan data, despite a protracted charm offensive to raise awareness about the film in the increasingly sci-fi hungry country. “Dune” was allocated a reasonably strong 36.5% of screening sessions nationwide on day one Friday, but is currently set to occupy a lesser 29.4% of screenings on Saturday. Read more Variety

This documentary, taking emotional cues from the teenagers at its center, is smart, illuminating and tender. The documentary finds a sympathetic character in a researcher, Liu Hao, who leverages her genealogical sleuthing skills on behalf of adoptees. She is based in Beijing, and she is upfront, explaining that her work seldom leads to genetic matches. Read more The New York Times