Magazine article Screen International

'Goodbye Mr Loser' Tops China Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

'Goodbye Mr Loser' Tops China Box Office

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The local comedy Goodbye Mr Loser climbed to the top with a strong $99.84m, bucking the downward box office trend. Its rise in ticket sales was especially strong in its second week: it earned $17.04m on October 11, compared to $3.66m on its opening day in third place, and has now amassed $142.09m after 12 days.

Goodbye Mr Loser was the first film investment by theatre company Happy Mahua, which now has plans for a public listing to finance more film productions. It is co-produced by Wanda Media and released by its Wuzhou Film Distribution.

Despite fierce competition, the sleeper hit has also emerged as the biggest film over the week-long National Day holidays (October 1-7) with $88.09m, narrowly beating Lost in Hong Kong which took $86.36m over the same period. According to local reports, the nationwide box office reached $292.07m over the seven-day National Day holidays, up 70% from last year.

After topping the weekly chart for two consecutive weeks, Xu Zheng's comedy Lost In Hong Kong slid to second place with $35.02m and amassed $245.26m after 17 days. It is now the fourth biggest film of all time in China (after Monster Hunt, Furious 7 and Transformers: Age Of Extinction).

Lu Chuan's CGI-heavy fantasy adventure Chronicles Of The Ghostly Tribe was pushed to third position with $30. …

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