China Box Office: 'Kill Mobile' Top but New Year Ticket Sales Drop 21% on Last Year

By Wong, Silvia | Screen International, January 2, 2019 | Go to article overview

China Box Office: 'Kill Mobile' Top but New Year Ticket Sales Drop 21% on Last Year


Wong, Silvia, Screen International


Local releases were the best performers again.

While the Chinese box office in 2018 ended with a bang with a groundbreaking annual milestone of $8.86bn (RMB60.98bn), 2019 failed to get off to a good start when the three-day New Year ticket sales (Dec 30 2018 – Jan 1 2019) plummeted by 21% compared to the same period last year.

Nevertheless, it is still the second highest New Year window period in Chinese history, after last year’s astounding success driven mainly by strong local titles such as The Ex-File: The Return Of The Exes and Feng Xiaogang’s Youth.

This year, local releases continued to dominate but their performance paled in comparison. Opened on Dec 28, Kill Mobile topped the three-day chart with $41.42m for a five-day total of $53.34m. Adapted from 2016 Italian film Perfect Strangers, the comedy drama is about seven friends who decide to play a game of sharing their messages and calls of their phones. The ensemble cast includes Tong Dawei, Ma Li and Huo Siyan.

In close second place was Kaili Blues director Bi Gan’s latest film Long Day’s Journey Into Night with $40. …

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