BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese mainland box office sales between January and March hit 6.8 billion yuan (1.1 billion U.S. dollars), up 29 percent year-on-year, according to the film watchdog.
Figures released Wednesday by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television show that Chinese-language titles raked in 4.2 billion yuan, or 62.5 percent of the total. The top three highest grossing films were Chinese.
"The Monkey King," an action-packed period fantasy based on an ancient Chinese legend, topped the seasonal chart with 1.04 billion yuan, followed in a distance by "Dad, Where Are We Going?", a popular reality TV show spin-off that took in 696 million yuan.
Meanwhile, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the most bankable foreign-language title, was ranked fourth with 463 million yuan. "Need for Speed", "Despicable Me 2", "RoboCop", "Frozen" respectively occupied the sixth to the ninth.
Despite Chinese films taking the lion's share, their advantage dwindled from the 69 percent it contributed in the same period last year.
According to the administration, the 2014 first season saw 13 titles surpassing the 100 million yuan benchmark and seven of them were foreign-language films.
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