China's box office starts 2022 with higher revenue than 2019
BEIJING, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- China's box office began 2022 with a revenue slightly higher than in pre-pandemic 2019 but roughly 20 percent lower than in 2021.
The total earning during the three-day New Year's Day holiday, which ended on Jan. 3, was 1.02 billion yuan (about 159.89 million U.S. dollars), against 1.30 billion yuan and 1 billion yuan during the same holiday of 2021 and 2019, respectively, according to film data platform Maoyan.
This is the third-highest figure for the same holiday ever recorded at China's box office, which is encouraging, especially given the fact that it came on top of the 535 million yuan generated on Dec. 31, a Friday.
"Embrace Again," a tear-jerker film on China's COVID-19 battle, raked in 319 million yuan and was the top earner of the holiday, followed by crime thriller "G Storm" and comedy "Another Me," pocketing 227 million yuan and 225 million yuan, respectively.