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Chinese thriller "Fireflies in the Sun" tops domestic box office******
BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Domestic thriller film "Fireflies in the Sun" topped the Chinese mainland box office chart on its second day of screening on Saturday, data from the China Movie Data Information Network showed Sunday.。
The movie, which is a sequel to "Sheep Without a Shepherd" released in 2019, depicts the story of a poor family and a desperate father who gives all his efforts to collect money for his son's operation. It earned over 147 million yuan (around 23.1 million U.S. dollars) on Saturday.。
Domestic animation "I am Who I am" ranked second on the box office chart on Saturday, raking in about 22 million yuan on its second day of release. The movie tells the stories of three kids realizing their dream of lion dancing through arduous practice.。
It was followed by domestic adventure "Schemes In Antiques," which pocketed about 10 million yuan. Enditem。
Michael Jordan sneakers sell for nearly $1.5 mn, an auction record******
A pair of sneakers worn by National Basketball Association superstar Michael Jordan early in his career sold for nearly US$1.5 million on Sunday, setting a record price at auction for game-worn footwear, Sotheby's said.
The white leather shoes with the red Nike swoosh and soles were worn by the iconic player in the fifth game of his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls, when Nike's Jordan-affiliated brand was only just taking off as a sensation both on and off the court.
"The most valuable sneakers ever offered at auction – Michael Jordan's regular season game-worn Nike Air Ships from 1984 – have just sold at US$1,472,000 in our luxury sale in Las Vegas," the auction house said in a statement on Twitter.
The astronomical price easily beat the record held by a pair of Nike Air Jordans which sold for US$615,000 in August 2020 at a Christie's auction.
Jordan's autographed size-13 lace-ups were in good overall condition, with signs of court wear and tear, Sotheby's said. The pair was a gift from the player to Tommie Tim III Lewis, who was a ball boy for the Denver Nuggets during the 1984-85 season.
The market for rare sports shoes is soaring. The record price for sneakers has been broken several times recently as what was seen as a niche market a decade ago now attracts interest from the general public as well as leading collectors.
And the market value of objects identified with the retired basketball superstar have skyrocketed since the release of "The Last Dance," an ESPN/Netflix documentary that chronicles the saga of Jordan and his Chicago Bulls.
The sneakers that went under the hammer on Sunday predate the first Air Jordans, the now-classic line that quickly morphed from popular basketball gear to sought-after streetwear worldwide.
Recovery of China's industrial economy on track: ministry******
BEIJING, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The recovery of China's industrial economy is on track with strong resilience and momentum, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said Tuesday.
Citing the industrial output data published on Monday, Luo Junjie, a spokesperson for the ministry, said it showed that the growth rate of major economic indicators has stayed within a reasonable range.
The country's value-added industrial output went up 11.8 percent year on year in the first three quarters of this year, putting the average Jan.-Sept. growth for the past two years at 6.4 percent.
The output of the high-tech manufacturing sector jumped 20.1 percent year on year in the first nine months, faster than the growth pace of the overall industrial output.
The strong performance resulted from multiple measures adopted to help and benefit companies, Luo said, adding that market entities' profitability has improved and new drivers of economic growth have emerged.
The spokesperson, however, noted that the external environment is still complicated and unstable, with rising commodity prices and energy crunch putting more pressure on the economy.
The country will strive to support small and medium-sized enterprises, ensure the stability of industrial and supply chains, and sustain the positive trend of the economy, Luo said. Enditem