Chinese New Year Box Office Results of Films from Taiwan, China and Hong Kong
Chinese New Year Box Office Results of Films from Taiwan, China and Hong Kong - Taipei Film Commission
Chinese New Year has always been the time for exciting and upbeat films, and this year is no exception as there are films from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and not to mention, Hollywood. The Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther was ranked as the highest grossing film with NT$194 million in sales. In the absence of Jhu Ge-liang who used to make CNY movies grossing more than 1 billion, neither of the local films A Boy Named Flora A and Gatao 2: The New Leader Rising was able to break the NT$1-billion mark, grossing NT$57 million and NT$45 million nationwide, respectively. Perhaps the Lantern Festival will provide another boost to their box office performance.
A Boy Named Flora A was first released before the Chinese New Year, and has performed quite satisfactorily owing to the TV drama’s popularity and the promotional efforts of director Chu Yu-ning and his lead cast including Crowd Lu, Liu Kuan-ting and Cammy Chiang. As for Gatao 2, the director and actors Collin Chou and Jason Wang traveled all over Taiwan to bond with the audience. Although the film's R rating had limited the potential size of its audience, it received generally favorable responses and grossed NT$45 million in just the first week after its release.
As of midnight, February 20, the top five highest-grossing films in Taiwan during the Chinese New Year period were: Black Panther (NT$194 million), A Boy Named Flora A (NT$57 million), Fifty Shades of Grey (NT$47 million), Gatao 2: The New Leader Rising (NT$45 million) and The Shape of Water (NT$12.7 million).
China's film industry set many box office records during the new year period; Detective Chinatown 2 starring Wang Baoqiang topped the rank with RMB 1.55 billion (about NT$6.975 billion) in sales, and was closely followed by Monster Hunt 2 starring award winner Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Jing Boran and Bai Baihe with RMB 1.5 billion (about NT$6.75 billion). In Hong Kong, box office results for the Chinese New Year period (up till February 20) showed Marvel's Black Panther surpassing all Chinese productions with a gross revenue of HKD 32.63 million. As for Chinese films, Agent Mr Chan (HKD 24.45 million) starring Dayo Wong and Charmaine Sheh ranked top and was followed by romantic comedy - A Beautiful Moment starring Carina Lau and Simon Yam, and the special effect-rich comedy Monster Hunt 2 starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai.