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Aftershock Rocks Chinese Box Office Records

Feng Xiaogang's AFTERSHOCK has become the highest grossing Chinese film in the country's history, reports VARIETY.

Feng Xiaogang's AFTERSHOCK has become the highest grossing Chinese film in the country's history, reports VARIETY. As of last weekend, the disaster flick has earned $78.6 million, breaking the previous record of $60 million made by 2009's FOUNDING OF A REPUBLIC.

The film follows the survivors of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, which killed 240,000 people.

The film's opening day haul on July 22nd was $5.35 million, which is $30,000 more than AVATAR made in its debut in January.

Estimates state that China's 2010 box office will reach $1.5 billion, a 61% increase over last year.

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