China box office: 'The Wandering Earth' tops crowded New Year period

Screen | 2/11/2019 | Staff
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Led by The Wandering Earth, Crazy Alien and Pegasus, the Chinese box office racked up a total of $858.7m ticket sales over Feb 4-10, spanning from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the first six days of the lunar new year.

During this prime period, the Chinese box office delivered mixed results. Feb 5, the first day of the week-long holidays, scored a new global record for the biggest single day performance in a single market when it took in $211.9m, beating last year’s world record by 12.7%.

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Nevertheless, the subsequent daily box office in the next five days all fell below the level in 2018. The overall ticket sales still went up by a marginal 1.4%, but admissions dropped by 10.3% compared to the same seven-day period last year.

Every Chinese New Year season is crowded and it is more so this year with eight major films opening on the first day, compared to six last year. After six days in a head-on battle, their rankings shifted in various ways.

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Billed as China’s first big budget sci-fi film, The Wandering Earth saw its daily box office rise every day with a whopping $286.4m over its first six days, making it the 14th highest grossing film of all time. It has also become the highest grossing local title ever for IMAX with a record $27.6m after six days, surpassing Mojin: The Lost Legend.

Local tracking has since revised its box office estimates to $754.2m, which will place it only behind Wolf Warrior 2 as the second highest grossing film of all time. Directed by Frant Gwo (My Old Classmate), the sci-fi features Wu Jing (from Wolf Warrior franchise) as an astronaut on a mission to save the Earth when the sun dies out.

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Crazy Alien which was the initial frontrunner for two days was knocked out...
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