'Caught in Time' continues to triumph at China's box office
Updated 20:38, 01-Dec-2020
Hong Yaobin

Emperor Motion Pictures' crime thriller "Caught in Time," directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Ho-Leung Lau and starring veteran actors Daniel Wu and Wang Qianyuan, again topped the box office over the past week (November 23-29), raking in about 192.5 million yuan ($29.3 million).

The movie's total box office revenue has exceeded 400 million yuan within 10 days of its release, according to box office tracker platform Maoyan.

A poster for the film "Caught in Time" is seen in a theater in Beijing, November 22, 2020. /CFP

A poster for the film "Caught in Time" is seen in a theater in Beijing, November 22, 2020. /CFP

The American comedy animation "The Croods: A New Age," ranked second by taking in 125.3 million yuan ($19 million) in revenue.

The animated adventure picture made its China premiere on Friday, earning about 19.5 million yuan on its opening day.

Films from different genres to be shown

Stunning cast-led war epic "The Sacrifice" and "Find Your Voice" starring Hong Kong actor Andy Lau ranked the fourth and fifth with 40.3 million yuan ($6.1 million) and 17.5 million yuan ($2.7 million) in takings, respectively.

Poster for film "Balloon." /Douban

Poster for film "Balloon." /Douban

At the helm of award-winning Tibetan director Pema Tseden, the critically acclaimed title "Balloon" grossed over 2 million yuan (over $300,000) during its opening weekend despite a limited number of screenings. Many netizens have called the theaters to arrange more screenings for the arthouse title.

The film was screened in the Horizons section at the 76th Venice International Film Festival and made its North America premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival last year.

Four films of different genres are set to be released this Friday, including the new domestic fantasy "Soul Snatcher," starring up-and-coming actors Li Xian and Chen Linong, as well as Paul Anderson's adventure drama "Monster Hunter" and Leigh Whannell's latest thriller "The Invisible Man."

"Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution," the 22th installment of the popular Pokemon series, will also get a theatrical release in China on December 4, more than one year after its Japanese debut.