China Box Office: 'Detective Chinatown 2', 'Operation Red Sea' Power Record-Breaking Week

By Wong, Silvia | Screen International, February 26, 2018 | Go to article overview

China Box Office: 'Detective Chinatown 2', 'Operation Red Sea' Power Record-Breaking Week


Wong, Silvia, Screen International


February box office reaches historic $1.5bn.

‘Detective Chinatown 2’

Following an auspicious start to the new year, the Chinese box office continued to explode in the week of Feb 19-25 with $782m, turning it into the highest grossing week ever in China.

As of yesterday (Feb 25), February’s monthly box office has reached a historic RMB9b ($1.5bn), setting another world record for this Chinese New Year.

The festive titles played out an intense battle, shifting all of their positions. Detective Chinatown 2 moved up to the top, only marginally ahead of Operation Red Sea, while former champion Monster Hunt 2 was relegated to the third and Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink climbed ahead of The Monkey King 3: Kingdom Of Women.

Action comedy Detective Chinatown 2 became a runaway success with $276m. Standing at $440.6m after 10 days, it has propelled itself to the fourth highest grossing film ever in China, surpassing the first Monster Hunt and Furious 7. It has more than tripled the final gross of its 2015 predecessor which is also directed by Chen Sicheng and starring Wang Baoqiang and Liu Haoran.

It was a narrow victory over Operation Red Sea which trailed right behind on $275.1m. Like Dante Lam’s last film Operation Mekong, it has proved to be a dark horse. The military drama which has no name cast opened in fourth to a modest $76. …

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