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China Box Office: 'Transformers 4' Heading Toward $300 Million

Already the highest-grossing film ever in the country, Michael Bay's blockbuster pulled in another $56 million over the past week for a current cume of $280 million.

Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction further cemented its position as China’s biggest grossing movie ever, taking another $56.36 million to bring its total in the country to $279.75 million after 17 days. According to current projections, the film will soon become the first ever to gross $300 million in China.

Michael Bay’s robot action movie, which incorporated strong Chinese elements to win over fans in the world’s second-biggest film market, clocked up another 240,614 screenings with 8.3 million admissions.

It has now earned over $50 million more than James Cameron’s Avatar, not accounting for inflation and currency fluctuations, according to data for the week to July 13 from the research group Entgroup.

The movie features local stars Li Bingbing and Han Geng, as well as product placement for everything from Chinese milk drinks and PCs to energy drinks and authoritarian styles of government.

U.S.-based Jiaflix and the China Movie Channel (CCTV6), with its new media subsidiary M1905, are the production and promotion partners of the film. China Film Group is the sole import company in China.

Holding on in second place in China was the domestic romantic comedy The Breakup Guru, which took a solid $26.76 million to hit a cume of $92.46 million after 17 days.