China Box Office: ‘The Eight Hundred’ Grosses $112.3m in Opening Weekend
Huayi Brothers’ The Eight Hundred has become China’s first blockbuster since cinemas reopened, grossing an impressive $79.6m over its opening three days (August 21-23), according to Artisan Gateway, for a cumulative total of $112.3m including previews.
The figures were achieved despite the fact that Chinese cinemas are still operating at 50% capacity to comply with social distancing regulations. Online ticketing platform Maoyan is predicting that the film will go on to gross $336m (RMB2.33bn).
Directed by Guan Hu (Mr Six), the film tells the story of the defence of the Sihang Warehouse in Shanghai in 1937, during which a plucky band of Chinese soldiers attempted to hold off Japanese forces. The ensemble cast includes Ou Hao, Wang Qianyuan, Jiang Wu and Huang Xiaoming.
Image credit: Huayi Brothers