China box office: 'The Wandering Earth' passes $500m

Screen | 2/18/2019 | Staff
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After the end of the prime Chinese New Year holidays, the Chinese box office began to cool down with a 45% week-on-week contraction in the week of Feb 11-17. But the good news is the ticket sales in February are set to top the figures in the same month last year, which held the world record for the biggest single month in a single market.

While the Chinese New Year titles still dominated the box office with the top three positions remained unchanged from the week before, the new releases for Valentine’s Day fared less well.

Behind - Frant - Gwo - Film - Wandering

After coming back from behind, Frant Gwo’s big-budget sci-fi film The Wandering Earth topped again for the second week, adding $251.6m for $538.9m after 13 days. It has edged out last Chinese New Year’s top two films Red Sea Operation and Detective Chinatown 2 to become the second biggest film of all time. It is only behind Wolf Warrior 2, which also stars The Wandering Earth’s Wu Jing.

While the Chinese New Year battle has always been intense, The Wandering Earth is uncharacteristically leading up by a huge margin as its cumulative gross has almost doubled that of the runner up.

Comedy - Crazy - Alien - Huang - Bo

Comedy Crazy Alien, starring Huang Bo and Shen Teng, maintained in second place with $75.6m for $282.6m after 13 days. Already the biggest film for director Ning Hao, it is now the 15th highest grossing film of all time, surpassing Transformers: Age Of Extinction and The Ex-File 3.

Han Han’s car racing drama Pegasus trailed closely in third with $62.4m on $211.4m after 13 days, narrowing the overall gap with Crazy Alien. Also starring Crazy Alien’s Shen, it is now the 26th biggest film of all time, surpassing Warcraft and Avengers: Age Of Ultron.


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