Chinese film about military victory over America destroys opening weekend of new $119 million Bond film
Chinese film about military victory over America – commissioned by Beijing – destroys opening weekend of new $119 million Bond film by winning huge $203 million
- The Battle of Lake Changjin is China’s Most Expensive Movie Ever Made at $200 Million
- It was commissioned by the government who had a hand in its production
- It aims to inspire love for China and the party and comes amid a cultural crackdown
The makers of the new hit James Bond film will be shocked and touched by the news that they were beaten at the box office by a Chinese war film commissioned by the Communist Party during its opening weekend.
The Battle at Lake Changjin has brought in a whopping $203 million, far surpassing No Time To Die’s $119 million and Marvel’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which received receipts of $90.1 million.
The three-hour epic recounts a rare Chinese victory over US-led United Nations forces during the Korean War.
The Battle of Lake Changjin has brought in a whopping $203 million, far more than No Time To Die’s $119 million
No Time To Die is the first film since Covid to debut at more than $100 million without the Chinese market since the Covid pandemic.
But it pales in comparison to the Chinese juggernaut, the country’s most expensive film ever made with a budget of $200 million and commissioned by the government’s powerful central propaganda department.
Some argue that the film’s notable box office success may be due to the government organizing cinema tours for its expanded workforce.
The Battle at Lake Changjin stars veteran war film actor Wu Jing and pop star Jackson Yee.
The blockbuster shows the murder of Americans and coincided with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Communist Party.
It tells the story of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in 1950, which, according to China, was the most important victory of the Korean War and forced a US withdrawal.
Wu said it is a “movie that celebrates life – a story of how young warriors are willing to risk everything to protect our homes and defend our country.”
No Time To Die is the first film since Covid to debut with more than $100 million without the Chinese market since the Covid pandemic
The gigantic project took five years to develop the script, with government support, which also provided serving soldiers for the film’s 70,000 extras.
It glorifies Chinese heroism and is in line with the cultural crackdown Beijing has imposed in recent months to promote traditional values and shun celebrities, pornography and effeminacy, which the government considers Western vices.
Data from local provider Ent Group showed it was viewed by an estimated 25.5 million people and screened 157,000 times a day between Friday and Saturday alone.
The state-run People’s Daily said the film has “implications for current competition between China and the US” and showed how Chinese “soldiers stood their ground during the war amid the fierce cold and the enemy’s more advanced weapons to resist US aggression and help Korea (1950-). 53)’.
The paper quoted an anonymous viewer as saying they feel that the Chinese are not afraid and have never been to the US.
The blockbuster shows the murder of Americans and coincided with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Communist Party
The official People’s Liberation Army newspaper has condemned any criticism of the film, saying that people who question China’s victory “are once again falling into the trap of fearing the US and worshiping the US.”
A movie review site, Deep Focus, dared to criticize the special effects and characters in the movie.
The online article has since been removed and the reviewer’s account on the Chinese messaging app WeChat has been suspended.
Experts predict that The Battle at Changjin will be one of China’s biggest box office hits ever, rivaling 2017’s Wolf Warrior 2, also starring Wu Jing, which grossed a total of $785 billion.
Beijing has ordered Chinese cinemas to spread propaganda through films to inspire love for the Communist Party on its 100th anniversary.
Movies were ordered to focus on “love of the party, the country and socialism,” according to the China Film Administration.
The regulator said they want young people to “grow their affection” for communism and China.