China‘s cinema Van Phong trod country on the weekend before the Lunar New Year holiday and an impending surge of new game releases. This means that the next few days could turn out to be the biggest week in Chinese cinema history.
However, at the latest weekend, total nationwide revenue was $21.4 million, the lowest weekend this year this year, according to data from consulting firm Artisan Gateway.
“Fireflies in the Sun,” a Wanda Pictures-backed horror film that is tipped to be a remake of “John Q,” climbed back to first place with $4.1 million in gross. It was first released in mid-December and has now grossed $174 million.
The patriotic pandemic drama “Embrace Again” dropped to second place with $3.9 million, grossing a total of $148 million. Comedy “Another Me” has grossed $2.9 million for a total of $73 million since its release on January 1, 2022. Chinese crime thriller “G Storm” has earned earned $2.8 million over the weekend for a total of $99.9 million since its release on December 31. Paramount’s “Paw Patrol” stayed at number five for its third week. It earned $1.7 million for a total of $11 million in 10 days.
Controversy about Keanu Reeves, who is being criticized for his apparent plan to attend a pro-Tibet benefit concert in the US, doesn’t spoil the career of “The Matrix: Resurrections” in any meaningful way. The film is still in release, but falls outside the top five and will likely be squashed by Chinese New Year releases arriving in theaters from Tuesday (February 1).
“Watergate Bridge“(Also known as “Battle of Changjin Lake II”) is the sequel to the film that was released in October on the occasion of the National Day and has broken many records including the highest-grossing theatrical film of all time, theatrical release in China with a total amount of $913 million.
State media are busy predicting that the sequel can beat this. “Watergate Bridge” is militaristic, similar to patriotism, made by the same team of directors Tu Khac, Dante Lam, and Chen Kaige, and features the same top stars as Wu Jing and Jackson Yee. .
Also exploring the Korean War theme (known in China as ‘The War Against American Aggression and North Korean Aid’) is “Snipers”, a film directed by veteran Zhang Yimou and his son. Zhang Mo’s daughter co-directed.
Other contenders are: drama “Nice View” directed by “Dying to Survive” Wen Wuye, also starring former pop star Jackson Yee; “Only Fools Rush in” by actor, director, and social media star Han Han (“Pegasus”) and “Too Cool to Kill”) are directed by Xing Wenxiong and starring Ma Li (Never Say Die).
There are also three Chinese-made animated films, with the film beating the annual Boonie Bears franchise title, this time called “Boonie Bears: Back to Earth.” Other films are “Dunk for Future” (part of the Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf series) and “Run Tiger Run”.
State media predict that the Lunar New Year weekend will bring in total box office revenue of 7-8 billion yuan ($1.10-1.25 billion), despite some COVID disruptions and eyeball competition from the Winter Olympics, which start on Friday.
Pre-sales for “Lake Changjin II” are particularly strong, and the film is expected to open in excess of $40 million.
According to current trends (using data from Chinese ticketing company Taopiaopiao) “Only Fools Rush In” is placed in second place ahead of “Nice View”, “Too Cool to Kill”, “Boonie Bears”, “Sniper,” “Dunk for Future” and “Run Tiger Run. But over the past few years, the series started off strongest on day one, and day two doesn’t always come out as the ultimate winner.
https://variety.com/2022/film/news/china-box-office-pauses-new-year-1235167322/ Chinese box office pauses ahead of patriotic New Year