Source: China State Council Information Office 3
China’s 2020 box office revenue has exceeded 18 billion yuan (about 2.76 billion U.S. dollars), with the top four earners contributing nearly half of the earnings.
The yearly box office collection totaled 18.02 billion yuan as of 9 p.m. on Friday, data compiled by the China Movie Data Information Network showed.
The war epic “The Eight Hundred” by Guan Hu topped the yearly box office chart, grossing more than 3.1 billion yuan to date. It was followed by the comedy anthology “My People, My Homeland” and animated feature “Jiang Ziya: Legend of Deification,” raking in more than 2.8 billion yuan and 1.6 billion yuan, respectively.
“The Sacrifice,” a film set during the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-1953), ranked fourth, generating more than 1.1 billion yuan.
“Leap,” a sports film that recounts the stories of the Chinese national women’s volleyball team over the last 40 years, came in fifth, with more than 830 million yuan.
Friday also saw the release of two highly anticipated films, “The Rescue” and “Wonder Woman 1984,” on which much hope of further lifting China’s 2020 box office earnings by the year-end has been pinned by industry observers.
“The Rescue” portrays the bravery of a maritime emergency response team, with its leader played by Eddie Peng. The disaster action film was directed by Dante Lam, the award-winning helmsman of the 2018 blockbuster film “Operation Red Sea,” which topped China’s 2018 box office chart, grossing 3.65 billion yuan.
“Wonder Woman 1984,” the latest American superhero feature, is a sequel to the 2017 commercial hit “Wonder Woman” that grossed more than 600 million yuan in China.
As of 11 p.m. Friday, “The Rescue” and “Wonder Woman 1984” earned more than 80 million yuan and 40 million yuan respectively at China’s box office, with pre-sale revenue included.