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'Hobbs & Shaw' given rare access to China's summer box office

Hollywood cashes in as Beijing cracks down on its own industry

Stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham arrive at the premiere of "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" in Los Angeles. The film will hit the theaters in China on Aug. 23.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Hollywood blockbuster "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" raked in $180 million globally on its opening weekend, and is expected to receive another major boost when it hits Chinese theaters on Aug. 23.

It will be an unexpected windfall for Universal Pictures. Traditionally, the summer box office season in China, the world's second-largest movie market, has been reserved for domestic films, forcing Hollywood studios to wait until September to release their summer hits.

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