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War epic rocks box office

As of yesterday morning, the total box office of the Chinese war epic “The Battle at Lake Changjin” was a whopping 5.695 billion yuan (US$890 million), according to official data.

Surpassing the box office revenue generated by China’s 2017 action blockbuster “Wolf Warrior 2,” the domestic war epic film has become China’s new all-time box office dominator.

Hitting the theaters just before the 2021 National Day holiday, “The Battle at Lake Changjin” broke more than 30 box office records. On October 3 alone, the film pocketed over 472 million yuan, setting a new daily sales record at China’s National Day holiday box office.

Set in the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-1953), the movie tells the story of Chinese People’s Volunteers soldiers fighting bravely in freezing temperatures in a key campaign at Lake Changjin, or Chosin Reservoir.

The sense of patriotism the film conveys strikes a chord with audiences. “After watching the film, I’m more grateful for the happy life we have today, which didn’t come easy,” said a viewer from Jilin Province.

After a splendid run in China, it had a limited theatrical release in North America on last Friday.

According to the China Movie Data Information Network, currently, the top six positions of all-time top-earners at China’s box office are all occupied by domestic titles. Apart from the war epic film and “Wolf Warrior 2,” it also includes well-received comedy “Hi Mom,” “Ne Zha,” the highest-grossing animated film in China, and sci-fi blockbuster “The Wandering Earth.”


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