Data from consultancy Artisan Gateway showed no positional change among the top five films on a weekend that came a week after the Chinese New Year holiday wound down.
Bona’s “Lake Changjin II” earned $43.5 million over the Friday to Sunday weekend, ahead of comedy “Too Cool to Kill” with $37.3 million over the same three days. In third place over the weekend was drama “Nice View” with $21.6 million and animation “Boonie Bears: Back to Earth” with $14.0 million. The Zhang Yimou- and Zhang Mo-directed “Snipers” was fifth over the weekend with $11 million.
Imax reported that “Lake Changjin II” earned $2.65 million from 730 venues in China over the weekend. That pushed its Imax cumulative to $30.5 million. The film’s overall cumulative stands at $524 million after only 13 days of release.
“Too Cool to Kill” has accumulated $319 million, while “Nice View” stands on $161 million. “Boonie Bears: Back to Earth” reached $127 million, surely guaranteeing that there will be another instalment in time for Lunar New Year 2023. “Snipers,” which is now receiving encouragement from state media, has $69.1 million. All the top titles were released the same day, on Feb. 1, 2022.
Analysis showed total box office over the Lunar New Year at $950 million, lower than in 2021 when the total hit $1.2 billion. But it was still higher than pre-pandemic 2019, when the figure was $881 million. (Box office over the holiday in 2020 was essentially zero, as cinemas were ordered shut and the country went into lockdown.)
The holiday’s status as a moveable feast also makes like-for-like comparison at this stage. Artisan Gateway still has the 2022 year-to-date nationwide aggregate at $1.73 billion, compared with $1.07 billion on the same date in 2021.