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'McDull' gets lively at the box office

The Hong Kong film "McDull Wudang" earned 33 million yuan (US$4.85 million) at the box office nationwide during its first weekend and the animated movie is expected to become the first Chinese cartoon to earn more than 100 million yuan.

The film opened in cinemas on Friday. Major cinemas all reported good ticket sales, Shanghai Morning Post reported today.

Sales were far ahead of other films including "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," the report said.

Nextage Film Art Center in Pudong New Area reported 270,000 yuan in ticket sales for "McDull Wudang" on Friday, breaking the record of "Transformers 2," which earned 200,000 yuan ticket sales on its first day of release earlier this year.

Qin Yuhong, a manager with Nextage Film, said that all 28 screenings of "McDull" were full on the first day.

Other cinemas reported strong ticket sales.

The film is the fourth in the "McDull" series and it is the first time one has been screened on the Chinese mainland.

McDull is a cartoon pig that was created in Hong Kong by Alice Mak and Brian Tse.

McDull leaves his home in Hong Kong this summer for Wuhan in Hubei Province with his mother. They travel to the Wudang Mountains, where his mother wants him to learn tai chi. There, he meets his master, a panda, who teaches him tai chi for the International Kindergarten Martial Arts Competition.


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