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Sunday, September 27, 2020, 17:59
War epic's box office crosses US$440m as major holiday nears
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Sunday, September 27, 2020, 17:59 By Xinhua

The Eight Hundred recounts the defense by Chinese soldiers of a warehouse in Shanghai in 1937 during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

BEIJING - The total China box office revenue of The Eight Hundred has crossed the 3 billion yuan (about US$440 million) mark, making the epic war drama one of China's highest-grossing films.

The Eight Hundred is also ranked among the top 10 on box office chart covering all films ever screened in the market

Winning applause from moviegoers and critics alike after preview screenings began on Aug 14, the film directed by Guan Hu raked in over 3 billion yuan as of Saturday, showed data compiled by Maoyan, a movie-ticketing and film data platform.

That means The Eight Hundred has not only become the top-grossing movie in China since theaters reopened on July 20, but that it is also ranked among the top 10 on box office chart covering all films ever screened in the market. The 2017 blockbuster Wolf Warrior 2 tops the chart with 5.69 billion yuan.

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The Eight Hundred depicts Chinese soldiers' heroic fight against the invading Japanese army from inside a warehouse during the Battle of Shanghai in 1937.

Over 78 million moviegoers took to the theaters to see the film, according to Maoyan figures.

Since movie theaters reopened on July 20 following months of closure due to COVID-19, the China box office market has been on the track to steady recovery. It is now ready to embrace the National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holiday from Oct 1 to 8, a major moviegoing season.

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