Chinese movie about U.S. military defeat set to break box office records
Korean War epic 'The Battle at Lake Changjin' recouped more than its $200 million production budget on its opening day this month.
The Battle at Lake Changjinwas released on September 30 and is the latest in a line of patriotic Chinese films—specially approved by the government—that some observers say border on propaganda. Its opening coincided with China's National Day holidays on October 1, and the timing aligns with wider celebrations marking the centennial of the Chinese Communist Party in 2021.
Lake Changjinis the nation's most expensive film to date, with a budget of $200 million. It's also the perfect production for the world's biggest movie market, which responded enthusiastically on its opening day, rewarding box offices with $203 million worth of ticket sales.
According to IMDb-run Box Office Mojo, the Korean War flick told from the Chinese perspective has earned $769 million so far, all from a single market. Under current projections,Lake Changjincould become the best performing film in Chinese box office history if it surpasses the $882 million generated by 2017's headtopics.com
Wolf Warrior 2—another patriotic action film in which Chinese protagonists vanquish foreign foes.A more conservative prediction by Chinese entertainment website Maoyan putsLake Changjinon course for a $843 million finish, which would still make it the highest grossing film of 2021 anywhere in the world.Read more: Newsweek »
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