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Hotly anticipated films for Spring Festival season
By Zhang Xingjian
Sunday, January 13, 2019, 12:36 By Zhang Xingjian

These films are hotly anticipated this Spring Festival season. (PHOTO / MTIME)

More films on the mainland are entering the race for glory at the box office during the upcoming Spring Festival holidays.

A total of 13 films are prepping to hit the big screen on Feb 5, the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year.

Comedy films are most prominent during this season, followed by animated and science fiction films.

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The latest online ticket sales figures from the box office tracker Maoyan show the films have already brought in 10 million yuan (US$1.48 million) for the first day of Spring Festival.

Watching a movie is a meaningful way for families to enjoy the holiday, and has become a typical way to celebrate. 

The Chinese Lunar New Year is traditionally a time for family gatherings in China. This year's holiday runs from Feb 4 to 10.

In 2018, China's box office sales totaled more than 5.72 billion yuan during the week-long Spring Festival holiday, breaking the previous sales record for the period.

The figure represented a growth of 66.94 percent over the same period last year, according to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

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Three blockbusters, including Detective Chinatown 2, Monster Hunt 2 and Operation Red Sea earned more than 3 billion yuan. Operation Red Sea alone grossed 3.65 billion yuan and received critical acclaim, making it the second-highest-grossing Chinese film ever.

Let's take a look at those upcoming films set to take Spring Festival season by storm


'The New King of Comedy' (PHOTO / MTIME)

The New King of Comedy

Director: Stephen Chow

Cast: Wang Baoqiang, Zhang Quandan

Genre: Comedy

'Crazy Alien' (PHOTO / MTIME)

Crazy Alien

Director: Ning Hao

Cast: Huang Bo, Shen Teng

Genre: Comedy

'Pegasus' (PHOTO / MTIME)

Pegasus

Director: Guo Fan

Cast: Shen Teng, Huang Jingyu

Genre: Comedy

'The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang' (PHOTO / MTIME)

The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang

Director: Yan Jia

Cast: Jackie Chan, Zhong Chuxi

Genre: Romance

'Peppa's Chinese New Year' (PHOTO / MTIME)

Peppa's Chinese New Year

Director: Zhang Dapeng

Genre: Animation

'The Wandering Earth' (PHOTO / MTIME)

The Wandering Earth

Director: Guo Fan

Cast: Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie

Genre: Science fiction

'Some Like It Hot' (PHOTO / MTIME)

Some Like It Hot 2

Director: Song Xiaofei

Cast: Wu Xiubo, Bai Baihe

Genre: Romance

'Integrity' (PHOTO / MTIME)

Integrity

Director: Alan Mak

Cast: Sean Lau, Nick Cheung

Genre: Crime

'Animal Rescue Squad' (PHOTO / MTIME)

Animal Rescue Squad

Director: Feng Xiaoning

Genre: Science fiction

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