The Chinese box office is a hit – Chine Magazine
Box office sales in China topped 5 billion yuan (677 million euros) in the first 24 days of the year, surpassing those in North America, the Global Times reported, citing the Maoyan ticketing platform.
China ranked first in the box office of a single market in the world, according to the daily. Moreover, the overall box office turnover during the Spring Festival is expected to exceed 8 billion yuan, the newswire added.
Indeed, after suffering the negative impact of COVID-19, “The Spring Festival marks the first seasonal rose for the Chinese film industry in four years after China lifted restrictions on entertainment and cultural facilities”according to the Global Times.
As of 11:00 a.m. on Jan. 27, 2023, a total of 117 million tickets were sold during the holiday, generating a whopping 6.16 billion yuan (about $909 million) in revenue, according to the box tracking site. -Maoyan office.
Revenues surpassed those recorded during last year’s holiday, making this year’s Spring Festival the second-highest-grossing holiday for cinemas to date.
Six domestic films were released on the occasion of the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, which fell on January 22, 2023. At the top of the holiday box office chart is the film “ Full River Red » by Zhang Yimou. The historical drama earned 2.34 billion yuan, about 38% of the box office total.
It is followed by ” The Wandering Earth II by Guo Fan, a prequel to the 2019 sci-fi blockbuster “ The Wandering Earth“, which grossed 1.98 billion yuan. And the third place in the ranking goes to the animated film ” Boonie Bears: Guardian Code“, which pocketed 680 million yuan.
The State Film Administration also said Chinese box office receipts topped 30 billion yuan (about 4.6 billion euros) in 2022, 85 percent of which came from Chinese films.
The hit national patriotic film “ The Battle of Changjin II Lake was the most profitable of the year, with 4.07 billion yuan. While the sci-fi comedy ” Moon Man came second, with revenue of about 3 billion yuan, according to the administration.
Other big hits include the feature film “Nice View”, the family drama ” Lighting Up The Stars »the animated film New Gods: Yang Jian“, and the patriotic action film ” Home Coming“, according to the administration.