Headlines from China: Top 50 Most-watched Chinese Films from 2011 to 2019

Top 50 Most-watched Chinese Films from 2011 to 2019

China’s film industry has been going through a rough time and the decreasing number of moviegoers is seen as another indicator of the current condition. The total box office number of this past Chinese new year season reached a record high of 5.8 billion yuan. However, many have noticed that the increased ticket sales was caused by the increased ticket price. The total number of viewers actually went down by 15 million. Because price of a movie ticket varies, a film’s box office earnings can’t precisely reflect how many times the film has been viewed in theater. Here we take a look at the top 50 most-watched Chinese films from 2011-2019. Top 5 on this list are Wolf Warrior 2, The Wandering Earth, Operation Red Sea, The Mermaid, and Dying to Survive. Detective Chinatown 2, which is No. 4 on the box office charts, is only ranked No. 6 by number of views. Read more on yiqipaidianying

Chinese Electronics Giant Xiaomi Launches New Video App

Recently, China’s top electronics company Xiaomi released a new video app named Zhenjing (朕惊), which literally means “the emperor is shocked.” In addition to being an app, Zhenjing also exists as a video account on Douyin, Weibo and WeChat. According to the official description on its WeChat account, Zhenjing is a video aggregation platform that uses big data to recommend interesting and unique video content to young people. Different from other short-video platforms, such as Douyin and Kuaishou, Zhenjing only offers PGC (Professionally Generated Content). As the online video sector is extremely competitive in China, Zhenjing doesn’t seem to have an obvious edge to excel. However, this might just be a strategy to further engage with young consumers in order to eventually sell more electronic products. Read more on Sansheng

China Box Office: ‘More Than Blue’ Becomes the 8th Highest-grossing Film This Year

romantic drama More Than Blue topped the single-day box office charts on Thursday with a 48.6 million yuan in ticket sales. The film has cumulatively grossed 626 million yuan, overtaking Stephen Chow’s The King of New Comedy (624 million yuan) to become the eighth highest-grossing film in  China in 2019. Marvel’s superhero movie Captain Marvel grossed 10.2 million yuan on Thursday with a total of 934 million yuan, ranking second on the single-day box office charts. Although its daily box office showed a downtrend, Captain Marvel still has the opportunity to cross the 1-billion-yuan mark, as the competition is mild this weekend. Several new films, including So Long My Son, Bohemian Rhapsody, Prooi and Song of Youth, will open in theater today. Read more on Mtime