'Ne Zha' leads Chinese mainland box office for 15 straight days

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Chinese animated film "Ne Zha" had been leading Chinese mainland box office for 15 straight days until Friday since its release, the China Movie Data Information Network said Saturday.

The feature, already the highest-grossing domestic animated film on the Chinese mainland, grossed 110.1 million yuan (about 15.6 million U.S. dollars) on Friday, with a total box office of nearly 3.16 billion yuan.

Telling the story of Nezha, a beloved Chinese mythical figure, the film features a daring overhaul of Nezha's appearance and depicts him more as a mischievous boy instead of the hero kid in previous cinematic works.

Coming in second was "Shanghai Fortress," a Chinese sci-fi film telling of the city of Shanghai's battle to defend itself against an attack by an alien force, which took in 73.09 million yuan on its debut Friday.

It was followed by an action crime drama "Line Walker 2," which raked in 55.32 million yuan on its third day of screening.

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