SHANGHAI — China’s biggest film of the summer didn’t star CGI dinosaurs or Tom Cruise. Rather, it was a doughy, green-haired monster named Huba, who is born to a human man (yes, that’s right) and is heir to the monster throne in a world where monsters and humans are in constant conflict.

As of Sept. 12, Monster Hunt had grossed a whopping RMB 2.428 billion (US$380.95 million) since its July 13 release, according to government statistics, breaking all sorts of records even amid an economic slowdown and turbulent summer for the Chinese stock market.

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China’s biggest, yet most unlikely film of this summer