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The new Transformers movie has become the highest-grossing movie of all time in China.
The fourth movie in the sci-fi series, Transformers: Age of Extinction, was partly shot in Hong Kong and China and features a number of local stars, including actor Li Bingbing and pop star Han Geng.
The Mark Wahlberg film, which also received its world premiere in Hong Kong last month (Jun14), has now smashed records in China to become the country's highest-grossing film, overtaking James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar.
Transformers: Age of Extinction has brought in more than $222.7 million (£131 million) in its first 10 days on release, overtaking Avatar, which came in just short of that figure after two months in cinemas in 2010.
Four Chinese hopefuls have landed supporting roles in the new Transformers film thanks to a new TV talent search. Producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura and former Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences boss Sid Ganis were among the judges who vetted the contestants over the weekend (31Aug-01Sep13) via a Paramount and China Movie Channel venture, titled Transformers 4 Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show.
More than 70,000 hopefuls applied for the four available jobs in the film.
The successful applicants were actor and martial arts specialist Byron Lee, TV stars Austin Lin and Teresa Daley, and former Miss Bikini International Pageant China winner Candice Zhao.
Two established Chinese actors, Li Bingbing and Han Geng, have already been cast in supporting roles in the movie, which will star Mark Wahlberg and premiere next year (14).