According to online ticketing agency Maoyan and Alibaba’s Beacon data service, the film, known as “Watergate Bridge” has grossed 487 million yuan ($76.5 million) as of 1:30 p.m. local time. At this rate, a $100 million opening day is entirely possible.
State media have forecast that the film could push the week of the Lunar New Year (aka Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival) to more than $1 billion, and the 149-minute film could eventually become the highest grossing movie of all time in China.
To do that, it will have to surpass “The Battle at Lake Changjin” which was released on October 1, 2021 and, for a long time in cinemas, earned $913 million to become the second biggest movie worldwide in 2021, after “Spider -Man: No Way Home. ”
Despite the short time between the two premieres, there’s a reasonable chance that the sequel could do better than its predecessor.
“Watergate Bridge” is similarly militaristic, patriotic, and executed by the same team directing Tu Khac, Dante Lam, and Tran Khai Ge. It also boasts top stars like Ngo Kinh and Jackson Yee.
COVID restrictions, travel arrangements and the eyeball contest from the Winter Olympics, to be held near Beijing from Friday, are more limiting factors than other films.
Audience feedback, channeled through ticketing company Taopiaopiao, rated the film 9.6 out of ten. Maoyan reported an identical score with 21,000 users expressing opinions.
In early trading Tuesday, director Han Han’s motorcycle adventure film “Only Fools Rush In” came in at second place and captured about 16% market share, compared with “Lake’s 43%” Changjin II”. “Too Cool to Kill,” the only comedy released this season, came in at number three with 14%. Director Wen Wuye’s “Nice View” “Dying to Survive,” which also stars former pop star Jackson Yee, came in at number four.
Also recently released are “Snipers”, a film co-directed by Zhang Yimou and his daughter Zhang Mo, and three Chinese-produced animated films “Boonie Bears: Back to Earth” “Dunk for Future” and “Run Tiger Run”.
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