Does China Still Need Hollywood Films Like ‘Dune’ After Homegrown $750 Million Hit ‘Battle at Lake Changjin’?

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China now has the two highest grossing films worldwide this year, prompting questions over how much it still needs Hollywood imports

Dune The Battle of Lake Changjin
Warner Bros./Bona Film Group

While the U.S. box office has been seeing the most consistently strong box office numbers since theaters reopened thanks to a trio of October releases, the box office in China has exploded without the need of Western imports from Hollywood — thanks in large part to Bona Film Group’s megablockbuster “The Battle at Lake Changjin.”

Released on September 30 to coincide with National Day, “Lake Changjin” opened to $233 million, according to data from Artisan Gateway, and just passed $750 million in China alone — surpassing the $716.5 million global run of the Unviversal’s “Fast & Furious” film “F9,” the highest grossing Hollywood film this year.