nother year, another box office record as people across China once again celebrated the first day of the Chinese New Year by going to the movies.
On Tuesday, China’s box office raked in a whopping 1.43 billion yuan ($210 million), breaking the old record of 1.27 billion yuan ($188 million) set on the first day of CNY last year.
Each year, the relevant authorities ensure that it is domestic films that dominate at Chinese theaters during the Spring Festival holiday period. On Tuesday, eight new films opened, none of them Hollywood productions.
Leading the pack was the latest comedic offering from director Ning Hao called Crazy Alien, taking in 403 million yuan ($60 million). That was followed by Pegasus ($47 million) from iconic author-turned-director Han Han and The New King of Comedy ($40 million) from Hong Kong director Stephen Chow.
In fourth came The Wandering Earth ($30 million), China’s first-ever big-budget sci-fi flick.
Despite an extremely successful promo video, Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year ranked just 7th, taking in only about $8 million, about $3 million less than the other cartoon offering, Bonnie Bears: Blast Into the Past.