China's box office, for the first time, tops North America

By Zhang Xingjian | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-05-10 14:29
Chinese movies have achieved huge success in box office in the first quarter of 2018. [Photo/Mtime]

For the first time ever, China's quarterly box office performance outshone its North American counterpart, topping the global film market.

According to People's Daily, China boasted over 20.22 billion yuan ($3.18 billion) in box office receipts in the first quarter of this year, with a box office figure of only $2.89 billion in the North American film market.

Among the chart of 10 highest-grossing films during this period, seven domestic films made the list, with only two Hollywood blockbusters — Black Panther and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — ranking eighth and tenth respectively.

Chinese anti-terrorism action film Operation Red Sea topped the chart, raking in over 3.61 billion yuan at the box office. It has become the second-highest-grossing Chinese film ever, according to Maoyan, a major Chinese film database and ticketing platform.

In addition to Operation Red Sea, Detective Chinatown 2 (3.4 billion yuan), Monster Hunt 2 (2.2 billion yuan), The Ex-File: The Return of the Exes (1.93 billion yuan) and Forever Young (747 million yuan) all contributed a great deal to this season's Chinese box office power.

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