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'Thai wave' in showbiz poised for big splash in China

Popular film 'Bad Genius' pushes Tencent and content providers to bolster business

BANGKOK -- A "Thai wave" in entertainment has rolled into Chinese shores thanks to 2017 box office hit "Bad Genius," as this first big commercial success opens opportunities to tap the world's second-largest showbiz market.

The heist thriller involving school exams was one of six movies from outside the mainland or Hollywood that ranked among the top 100 in China last year. The distributor struck gold, paying only $500,000 for screening rights in China while the film grossed over 270 million yuan ($42.6 million).

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