Chinese Box Office: “Fireflies In The Sun” soars to the first place of the weekend

During another quiet weekend in China, the Korean War blockbuster “The Battle of Changjin Lake” was finally pulled from the top five for the first time since its debut on September 30. It was replaced by a new Korean War film with lower production values.

China Media Group’s “Crossing the Yalu River” debuted Friday with a three-day, $ 3 million opening game, placing fourth. It features Mao Zedong’s frequent representative Tang Guoqiang as the controversial leader and Sun Weimin as Zhou Enlai.

Meanwhile, Wanda Pictures ‘“Fireflies in the Sun,” an adaptation of Nick Cassavetes’ 2002 film “John Q,” opened with $ 54.2 million, according to Artisan Gateway data. It tells the story of a family who lived a poor but happy life until their son had an accident and needed expensive treatment, which his father did whatever it took to get him.

The original film starring Denzel Washington was not particularly well received and grossed $ 102 million worldwide. VarietyCritics at the time called it “a rare case of blatant political propaganda in a big Hollywood movie … bubbling with melodrama and extreme situations” that served as “shameless manipulative publicity in the name of national health insurance.” Its overworked black and white nature has probably made it an attractive choice for adaptation to the Chinese market, where high medical costs are a major source of social discontent.

Strangely enough, “Fireflies” is being billed as a sequel to the 2019 thriller “Sheep Without a Shepherd” – itself an adaptation of the 2013 Indian film “Drishyam” – capitalizing on the popularity of this title only as “Sheep without a Shepherd”. 2 “without sharing any plot elements. Although he is also performed by Chopstick Brothers frontman Xiao Yang (“Detective Chinatown 1 & 2”), he does not share a cast otherwise. Rather, it is directed by Dai Mo and stars Simon Yam and Janice Man from Hong Kong alongside it.

Both films were produced by “Detective Chinatown” franchise director Chen Sicheng.

The second place title “I Am What I Am”, a family entertainment about a boy who aspires to be a first-rate lion dancer, opened second place with just $ 7.5 million. Cheering Times Media’s production came in fourth in the week leading up to $ 2.6 million in previews, and has now grown to $ 10.2 million.

In third place is Emperor Motion Pictures’ blockbuster “Schemes in Antiques,” which grossed an additional $ 3.6 million to bring its total since its December 3 release to $ 61.6 million.

Maoyan Pictures’ dark comedy “Be Somebody” came in fifth with $ 2.5 million. It has now grossed $ 139 million after 39 days of cinema.

The Chinese box office so far in 2021 is 26.3% lower than the same point in 2019, Artisan Gateway reported.

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