Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'I Belonged to You' Boosts Receipts

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'I Belonged to You' Boosts Receipts

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The Chinese box office received a much-needed boost, with four major openings that injected over $110m during the National Day holidays, traditionally a golden week for local films.

Topping the weekly chart from Sep 26 - Oct 2 was Zhang Yibai's I Belonged To You, which had the edge of opening one day earlier than the other three new films and earned $45.22m from its first four days.

Distributed by Beijing Enlight Pictures, the romantic drama is based on the bestselling short stories by Zhang Jiajia that revolve around two radio DJs and their audience. The cast includes Deng Chao, Bai Baihe and Yang Yang.

In second place, L.O.R.D.: Legend Of Ravaging Dynasties debuted with $28.74m from its three-day opening weekend. Billed as China's first motion capture animation, the action adventure is Guo Jingming's latest directorial effort after the phenomenal success of his Tiny Times romantic films. Distributed by Le Vision Pictures, the new film is set in a world of warring sorcerers and lords with an ensemble cast featuring Fan Bingbing, Kris Wu, Chen Xuedong, William Chan and Amber Kuo.

Operation Mekong came in in third place with $24.28m from its first three days. Hong Kong director Dante Lam's new action thriller, starring Zhang Hanyu and Eddie Peng, is about the hunt for a drug kingpin behind the real-life massacre of a dozen Chinese nationals on the Mekong River. The film, which received a generally strong buzz, overtook the less favourably reviewed L.O.R.D. on Sunday despite fewer screening slots. …

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