Comedy drama film “Give Me Five” held the top spot at the Chinese box office with a weekend score of just $7.4 million (RMB 50.8 million).
The film is the story of a young man who helps his father find his lost memories. While doing this, he is transported back in time and accidentally changes his parents’ past. That means he has to reunite the couple or else he risks never being born. Starring Ma Li Chang Yuan and Wei Xiang in the lead roles and directed by Zhang Luan.
Released a week ago, in time for the mid-fall festival, the film grossed $21.3 million on its opening weekend, according to data from consulting firm Artisan Gateway. But without the holiday boost, the film collapsed by 65%. It now has a cumulative $36.5 million after ten days of release handled by Wanda Pictures.
Light Chaser’s animated film “New Gods: Yang Jian” again took second place, with a weekend score reduced to $2.9 million. The film, released on August 19, 2022, now has a total gross of $66.4 million.
“Moon Man”, a previous box office number one, regained one spot and placed third this weekend. The $2.7 million score contributed to a cumulative revenue of $438 million since its release on July 29, 2022.
The Hong Kong-made family comedy-drama “Table for Six” bounced into the top five on its second weekend of release, despite missing out in the opening frame. It made $2.4 million for the weekend, increasing its ten-day cumulative to $7.9 million.
“Song of Spring” retained fifth place in its second weekend. It earned $1.9 million for a total of $7.6 million.
The slack scores across the board likely reflected China’s ongoing policy to shut down cities where the COVID-19 virus has been detected and a limited selection of new films in the interregnum between the holiday season.
The total weekend cash register was just $22.3 million, the lowest in about 15 weeks in US dollars, although the sliding exchange rates somewhat exaggerate the effect.
China’s distributors can do their best for the Chinese National Day on October 1, a peak period in recent years. “With the lack of new movies in the pre-holiday season, ‘Give Me Five’ could extend its lead into next week,” said an Artisan Gateway spokesperson.
The zero-COVID policy currently means that megacity Chongqing has endured another weekend of lockdown and mass testing. Across the country, it was estimated last week that some 120 million people were subject to such restrictions.