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The Wolverine roars to top of China box office as it becomes most successful X-Men film outside USA

22 October 2013 3:36 PM, PDT

Released here in the UK back in July, The Wolverine still has plenty to roar about.

Hugh Jackman's second solo X-Men spinoff has just become one of the few Hollywood movies to be granted a release in China - and it went straight to the top of the box office.

The Wolverine took $18.17million in its first week - according to latest figures from The Hollywood Reporter - and this will push its global total towards $400million.

Such a late release for a movie in another territory normally means poor ticket sales because many people would already have seen it on bootleg DVDs or illegal downloads.

Jackman no doubt helped raise the film's profile when he flew to Beijing for promotional appearances directly after performing a one-man show in Los Angeles for the Motion Picture Television Fund.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, China only allows about 20 foreign films »

- David Bentley

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