Dismal first-weekend takings and suggestions of organised trolling responsible for film’s withdrawal by producers

The massively hyped Chinese fantasy epic Asura has been pulled from cinemas after a disastrous opening weekend.

With a production budget reported at 750m yuan (£85m), Asura – with its complex special effects, big-name stars and huge crew – was hailed as China’s most expensive film ever made. However, its opening weekend takings totalled 49m yuan (£5.5m), and it was immediately withdrawn from cinemas.

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