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In the first 14 hours of its release on December 18, 2015, the China box office take of Mojin: The Lost Legend had topped 100 million yuan (US$15.2m). While the positive reviews piled up, the movie racked up almost 600 million yuan (US$45.6) in just three days. Meanwhile, user ratings on popular cultural social networking site and movie review aggregator Douban evened out at a rating of 7.9 of 10 after almost 200,000 people scored the film – a rare achievement for a domestic commercial blockbuster. Adapted from the popular online adventure novel Gui Chui Deng (Ghost Blows out the Light), the movie centers around three young grave robbers who experience unearthly encounters while robbing tombs. While hardly a think-piece, Mojin has been praised for cracking the Hollywood formula – mixing a grand, imaginative narrative and top-notch production design together with fast-paced action, pithy humor, romance, violence and conspiracy. Many agree that Mojin: The Lost Legend is a proof of the successful “Hollywoodization” of the mainland movie industry.

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