Locally-produced war film Sacrifice topped China’s box office last weekend (October 30-November 1), according to figures from Artisan Gateway, grossing a further $28.6m for a cumulative total of $105.8m.
Co-directed by Frant Gwo, Guan Hu and Lu Yang, the film was produced to celebrate the 70th anniversary of China’s entry into the Korean War. The three-day weekend gross included $1.6m from 670 IMAX screens.
Japanese animation Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna came in second over the weekend, grossing $9.6m in its opening three days. Patriotic omnibus My People, My Homeland came in third with $7.8m, pushing its cumulative gross to $402.1m.
Another new release came in fourth – Zhang Linzi’s romantic comedy Oversized Love – produced by Yingke Dafang Media and distributed by Wanda. The film, which grossed $3m in its opening weekend, was co-written by Sophie’s Revenge director Eva Jin and Sun Siyu.
Holdover Jiang Ziya: Legend Of Deification took fifth position in the weekend chart, grossing $1.7m for a cume of $236.1m.
According to Artisan Gateway figures, China’s box office has reached $2.2bn in the year to date, while box office over the weekend was $56.6m. The year-to-date figure is down 73.9% on the total at this point last year, reflecting the closure of China’s cinemas for six months from late January due to Covid-19.
Films scheduled for release this weekend include Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai, which premiered in Cannes Directors Fortnight in 2018, while US independent title Hellboy is scheduled to open on Monday, November 9.