CULTURE China's mid-February box office surpasses half of 2020 total


China's mid-February box office surpasses half of 2020 total


21:46, February 16, 2021

A combination of posters for seven Chinese blockbusters for Spring Festival 2021, including "Detective Chinatown 3," "Assassin in Red," "The Yinyang Master," "Hi, Mom," "New Gods: Nezha Reborn," "End Game," and "Boonie Bears: The Wild Life." [Photo: of IMAX China, Huace Pictures, Huayi Brothers Media, Beijing Culture, Alibaba Pictures, Emperor Motion Pictures, and Fantawild)

BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- China's box office revenue exceeded 10 billion yuan (around 1.55 billion U.S. dollars) as of 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, a figure surpassing half of the total earnings of 2020, showed data compiled by the China Movie Data Information Network.

Major contributors to the enormous haul include the local titles "Detective Chinatown 3" and "Hi, Mom." They are being screened during the week-long Spring Festival holiday that started on Feb. 11, according to the network.

"Detective Chinatown 3" earned a whopping 3.2 billion yuan over its five-day screening since its debut on Feb. 12. "Hi, Mom," which premiered on the same day, has so far pocketed 2 billion yuan, according to the Tuesday data.

Theaters across China, except those deemed with high risk of COVID-19 spread, are open during the holiday with heightened safety measures.

Apart from the Spring Festival holiday, the Chinese film industry is expected to welcome at least two movie-watching booms during the summer break and the week-long National Day holiday in October.

The network said the box office on the Chinese mainland logged 20.3 billion yuan in earnings in 2020.

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