The Japanese animated film “Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween” jumped to the top of the box office in mainland China and gave the industry the best marks in six weeks. It also helped push the industry’s cumulative cumulative past the $4 billion mark to date.
The film opened with $11.7 million (RMB81.7 million) according to data from consulting firm Artisan Gateway. That was a market share of almost 50% and well ahead of the second placed title “The Tipping Point”, which was the winner of the previous weekend.
“The Tipping Point” earned $3.9 million (RMB27.6 million) in its second frame. Since its release on November 11, it has collected $17.7 million.
“Farewell Beijing” was released on Friday and made $2.3 million in its first three days. Imported thriller “Fall” took fourth place with $1.4 million in its first three days.
The previous chart title “Home Coming” dropped to fifth place this weekend with $1.3 million. That brings it to a total of $223 million since its September 30 release.
The box office increase, to $22.4 million in total, represents the highest total since the national holiday in early October. The score also boosted the total to date to $4.04 billion according to Artisan Gateway.
In US dollars, the running total is more than 35% behind the same point last year and more than 50% below 2019 numbers, the last pre-COVID year. (Currency movements this year have also weighed on China’s dollar-denominated data, but they haven’t changed the reversal trend.) In both 2020 and 2021, when China appeared to respond to COVID more successfully than some other countries, it was the world’s largest .
Now China’s theater industry is weighed down by a combination of ongoing anti-COVID enforcement measures (last week the national daily caseload surpassed 25,000) and economic and political uncertainty. This has translated into a shortage of local movie releases and late approvals for imported titles.