China box office: 'Crazy Alien' top heading into Chinese New Year

Screen | 2/4/2019 | Staff
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The Chinese New Year battle is set to officially begin tomorrow, but the ticket presales kicked off a couple of weeks ago, with eight major titles vying for a share of the most lucrative period of the year.

The presales for Feb 5, the first day of the week-long Chinese New Year holidays, have reached $84m (as of 5pm, Feb 4), almost half of the record-breaking total of the same period last year.

No1 - Crazy - Alien - Comedy - Huang

Tracking at No.1 was Crazy Alien on $23m, a comedy starring Huang Bo and Shen Teng about two brothers who hope to make a fortune from the unexpected arrival of an alien visitor. It is the third film in director Ning Hao’s Crazy series and his first film for a Chinese New Year release.

In second place was Pegasus on $16.6m, which also stars Shen who plays a former race car champion turned fried rice stall manager hoping to return to car racing. It is the third film by writer-turned-director Han Han whose last film Duckweed was released during 2017 Chinese...
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