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'Tiny Times' eclipses 'Man of Steel' at China's box office


09:00, July 05, 2013

Chinese drama "Tiny Times" knocked superhero blockbuster "Man of Steel" off the top of China's box office charts during the week ending on June 30.

After debuting last Thursday, "Tiny Times", which was inspired by author-turned-director Guo Jingming's young adult novel of the same name, raked in 273 million yuan ($44.5 million) in the week, according to figures released by China Film News on Wednesday.

The film tells a coming-of-age story of a tight-knit circle of four girls who come from different familial backgrounds.

"Tiny Times" outshone both "Man of Steel", which took in 132.6 million yuan in the week, and "Badges of Fury", which features action star Jet Li.

The popularity of "Tiny Times" in theaters has been boosted by the discussion it has triggered on social network sites, even months before its debut.

On Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, more than 49 million posts discussing the film had been written as of Wednesday.

It is also the second most-searched film after the animated family film "Monsters University" on Sina Weibo.

But not everyone has had good things to say about the film. "Tiny Times " has been criticized for its displays of luxury goods and clothes in the lives of Chinese people born in the 1980s and 1990s.

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