Chinese New Year Box Office Smash: Kung Fu Yoga Reigns Supreme

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Record-Breaking Revenues and Shifted Rankings

The Chinese New Year holiday period (January 28 – February 2) concluded with an unprecedented box office triumph, amassing a colossal $490 million.

Unseating the Champion

The biggest surprise emerged with Kung Fu Yoga, a Sino-Indian co-production, dethroning Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back from its number one position on January 31st. The action-comedy soared to the weekly lead, capitalizing on strong word-of-mouth and securing additional screening slots.
Kung Fu Yoga, starring Jackie Chan, has become his highest-grossing film in China, surpassing Skiptrace. It has also broken the record for The Continent director Han Han and outperformed Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain.

Journey To The West: Continued Success

Despite being overshadowed by Kung Fu Yoga, Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back remains the overall leader, amassing $203.07 million. It has outperformed The Mermaid, Stephen Chow’s last directorial effort.

Other Notable Contenders

Duckweed climbed to third place, setting a new record for Han Han. Buddies in India, Wang Baoqiang’s directorial debut, dropped to fourth due to negative reviews.
Boonie Bears: Entangled Worlds, a domestic animated feature, held on to its fifth-place position. New releases such as Once Upon A Time In The Northeast, Ballerina, and The Game Changer occupied the following spots.

Holdovers and Anticipated Releases

Arrival and Passengers remained among the top ten. The Chinese dominance is anticipated to conclude with the release of xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage, The Game Changer, and Cook Up A Storm on February 10th.
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