Box-office Performance of Chinese-language New Year films
Box-office Performance of Chinese-language New Year films - Taipei Film Commission
During the 9-day New Year holidays, many people chose to celebrate the occasion with their families in the movie theaters. This years, more than ten Taiwanese and foreign films were ready to catch the attention of audiences of all ages and tastes, among which three Chinese-language films seem especially matching with the festive atmosphere. Those three Taiwanese films, David Loman 2, Like Life, and Rookie Chef were all released on the weekend before the holidays, launching a battle of domestic box-office. However, led by Jhu Ge-liang, David Loman 2 unsurprisingly followed the success of its first film and topped the domestic box-office of Chinese-language New Year films with a gross of 140 million TWD.
David Loman 2 topped the domestic box-office of Chinese-language New Year films (Still/ Activator Marketing Company)
Featuring Jhu Ge-liang’s unique sense of humor, David Loman 2 achieved 30 million in revenue 3 days after its release on the 5th. On the 8th, it grossed 30 million nationwide in one single day. It had been the box-office champion during New Year until the global hit Deadpool arrived in Taiwanese theaters on the 9th. Nevertheless, David Loman 2 still triumphs over Like Life and Rookie Chef, keeping Jhu’s fame of being a box-office promise. Like Life and Rookie Chef have grossed over 27.5 million and 12 million respectively. Like Life, starring popular show hosts Woo Gwa and Pai Ping-ping, illustrates the uplifting spirit of common people, whereas Rookie Chef combines family love and the hospitality of local people with household dishes. All three Taiwanese films appeal to the audience with either familiar faces or material from their everyday life.
Starring Woo Gwa and Pai Ping-ping, Like Life illustrates the uplifting spirit of common people (Still/ Vievision Pictures)
Rookie Chef combines family love and the hospitality of local people with household dishes (Still/ Hualien Media International)
In addition to the above-mentioned three Chinese-language New Year films and the overwhelming Deadpool, in theaters were also foreign films of diverse genres, ranging from Pixar’s latest original 3D animation movie, The Good Dinosaur, The Great Beauty director Paolo Sorrentino’s award-winning new piece, Youth, the zombie parody of classic literature, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, heartwarming Japanese film Finding Calico, American sharp comedy How to Be Single, to The Danish Girl starring last year’s Oscar Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne. Audiences of all tastes could find their ideal films. (Article/ Sophie Wong)