'The Martian' soars to $50.1 mln opening in China

At the Chinese box office, "The Martian" continues to hold the top spot, earning over 50 million US dollars in China this weekend.

In the film, China's space program gives critical aid to NASA that allows it bring a stranded astronaut, Matt Damon, back to earth.

Other films, such as "Transformers: Age of Extinction," have shot in China or included Chinese actors historically has also paid off at ticket booths.

"The Martian's" opening topped Chinese charts, and outranks previous outer-space themed films like "Gravity" and "Interstellar," positioning it well for the future.

Despite the massive results, "The Martian" wasn't the highest-grossing film at the foreign box office.

That honor went to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" with 62 million US dollars.

The final film in the futuristic franchise has made 440.7 million US dollars in global ticket sales.

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