China’s Lunar New Year box office got off to a solid start on Sunday despite ongoing concerns that the COVID wave is sweeping the country. A particularly strong and diverse local holiday blockbuster is giving China’s film industry a much-needed boost after last year’s protracted market hit by lockdowns.
Frank Guo’s big-budget sci-fi spectacle wandering earth 2starring Wu Jing and Andy Lau has leapt to the forefront of the flock with a $69.7 million opening day, according to data from tracking company Artisan Gateway. However, the latest work by Chinese film legend Zhang Yimou full river redThe period comedy thriller was a close second with a strong start at $59.3 million. Both films have been enthusiastically received — full river red It has a social score of 9.6 on Maoyan, 9.5 on Alibaba’s Tao Piao Piao app, and 8 on Douban. wandering earth 2 are located at 9.4, 9.7 and 8.3 respectively. This suggests that close but mutually profitable competition awaits for the remainder of the week’s vacation. By early Monday morning, Chan’s film had taken the top spot in daily sales.
Local analysts are bullish about this year’s holiday bigs, both for their quality and genre diversity. So far, all new big events are getting very high social scores.
Ticket sales for all titles on Sunday fell to $198 million from $214 million on the first day of Chinese New Year 2022. This is a small reduction given the public health situation.Last year, the epic of the Patriotic War Battle of Lake Nagatsu II It opened at #1 with $94.3 million.
Maoyan’s current project full river red reached about $545 million, wandering earth 2 Finish just a little less. If projections hold up — Mao Yan often revises box office projections significantly — full river red It became the highest-grossing film of Chan’s storied career, replacing his Hollywood-Chinese co-production. great wall of china ($335 million). Wandering LandOn the other hand, it likely falls short of the franchise’s first film, which grossed $690 million since its release on Chinese New Year 2019.
Sunday’s No. 3 was Bona Film Group’s World War II spy thriller. hidden bladestarring Tony Leung and Wang Yibo, the $20.1 million opening hall. Boonie Bears: Guardian Code It came in fourth with $19.4 million. The film is the latest in China’s long-running family animation franchise and a longtime holiday favourite.comedy fantasy 500 milesby filmmaker Su Lun, ranked fifth with $18.7 million. deep seawon $11 million from Beijing Enlight Pictures in 6th place.
And another big event awaits.sports drama Ping Pong: VictoryCarving Glory for the Chinese National Table Tennis Team, starring Deng Chao, opens on Tuesday and brings a burst of fresh energy to the Chinese multiplex.