(Yicai Global) Sept. 1 -- Box office takings at cinemas in China soared 80 percent annually to reach an all-time high of CNY7.3 billion (USD1 billion) in August, data from online movie database Mtime show.
Wolf Warrior II, the popular action film directed by Wu Jing, contributed CNY4.2 billion (USD636.8 million), or 58 percent of the total.
There were eleven films released last month that grossed over CNY100 million, compared with only two in the year-ago period. Two were foreign films, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Cars 3.
Once Upon a Time and Parado were the second- and third-highest grossing movies, yielding revenues of CNY533 million and CNY490 million, respectively.
Twenty-Two, a documentary featuring comfort women who survived World War II, set a new record as the highest grossing Chinese documentary, with takings of CNY167 million. The previously most popular documentary film in the country was Born in China, which brought in CNY100.
Chinese box office takings totaled CNY39.6 billion for the first eight months of the year, up CNY6.5 billion annually. Revenues for the full-year are projected to surpass last year's total of CNY45.7 billion to reach CNY50 billion.