Dragon Boat fails to buoy box office

Finance | Xinhua 16 Jun 2021

Despite a packed lineup of titles, China's box office during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday that ended on Monday raked in just 465 million yuan (HK$563.97 million), well below pre-pandemic levels .

The figures came in comparison with 785 million yuan and 912 million yuan generated during the same holidays in 2019 and 2018, respectively, as shown by data from box office tracker Maoyan.

Chinese sports comedy "Never Stop" topped the sales chart, generating 89 million yuan and accounting for 19 percent of the total collection.

US animated adventure "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway" ranked second with 71 million yuan, followed by domestic crime thriller "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" that garnered 52 million yuan. Japanese animated fantasy "Hello World" came in fourth on the chart, pocketing 40 million yuan.

Disney's "Cruella" earned 35 million yuan from the holiday box office, with its cumulative earnings since its June 6 release in China topping 81 million yuan.

China's 2021 box office to date has reached 26.6 billion yuan.

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