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Miyazaki's 'Spirited Away' tops China box office 18 years after debut

Ghibli classic, Japan's most successful film ever, outshines Disney's 'Toy Story 4'

NEW YORK -- Animation legend Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" has just enjoyed a record opening weekend for Japanese films in China, topping the charts 18 years after its initial release elsewhere and generating more than double the box-office revenue of the highly anticipated "Toy Story 4."

The Studio Ghibli classic grossed $27.9 million in mainland China in the first three days, according to Entgroup. "Toy Story 4," the popular Disney sequel, meanwhile, raked in $13.4 million.

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