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Several Hollywood films slated for Chinese cinemas in March

The Chinese mainland box office recorded a total of $34.7 million in sales last week (March 7-13), according to data from China’s leading movie ticketing platform Maoyan. . Locally produced films released during the Chinese New Year holiday in early February continued to dominate the domestic film market, with the war epic “The Battle of Changjin Lake II” remaining at the top, followed by the comedy “Too Cool to Kill” and the drama “Beautiful View”.

Meanwhile, several Hollywood productions are coming to Chinese theaters this month. “Uncharted,” the American treasure hunt adventure film adapted from Sony’s video game of the same name, debuted on the Chinese mainland on Monday. It stars Tom Holland, who is best known for playing Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Mark Wahlberg, who also stars in the “Transformers” franchise.

The film grossed $3.14 million in China on its first day of release, which is quite low compared to previous Hollywood blockbusters from the pre-COVID-19 era, which often topped $15 million on its first day. . With the current resurgence of COVID-19 cases across China, a number of cinemas have temporarily closed in cities like Shanghai and Shenzhen.

The film was released in the United States on February 18 and has so far grossed $301 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, making it the fourth highest-grossing film this year.

It scored 6.2 points out of 10 on Douban, the Chinese equivalent of Rotten Tomatoes.

American director Ruben Fleischer (R), actor Tom Holland and Antonio Banderas (L) attend the ‘Uncharted’ photocall at the Royal Theater in Madrid, Spain, on February 8, 2022. /CFP

American director Ruben Fleischer (R), actor Tom Holland and Antonio Banderas (L) attend the ‘Uncharted’ photocall at the Royal Theater in Madrid, Spain, on February 8, 2022. /CFP

There have been several Hollywood titles released in China this year, including Disney’s “Encanto”, the sci-fi film “The Matrix: Resurrections”, the animated film “Paw Patrol” and the recent “Death on the Nile “, but none of these caused a stir in China.

On Friday, Warner Bros.’ “The Batman” is set to hit Chinese theaters, with some 236,000 users online on Maoyan anticipating its release.

Previous Batman series have had high box office earnings in the country, with ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012) grossing $53 million and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (2016) grossing $53 million. grossed $97 million.

The sci-fi disaster movie “Moonfall” is set to be released in China on March 25.

(Cover image by Xing Cheng)