Top 10 Highest Grossing Chinese Movies in 2019 at the Chinese Box Office

Top 10 Highest Grossing Chinese Movies in 2019 at the Chinese Box Office


With the second biggest Box Office market in the world, China had a stellar year in 2019, in both ticket sales and quality of movies produced. From animated movies that would rival Disney, to sci-fi action blockbusters and
movies based on real events, the variety in Chinese cinema would surprise you. During 2019, approximately 900 full length
movies were released in the Mainland not all of them destined for box office glory, but the ones that made it raked in
a lot of money for their studios. With a grand total of 64.3 Billion Yuan –
or the equivalent of $9.2 Billion US dollars China’s market is hot on the tails of the US,
who managed a respectable $11.4B in 2019 Hi, I’m The Arty Dans from Asian Film Fans,
and in this video we are going to take a look at the Top 10 Highest grossing films in China in 2019. Caveat: we are only looking at Chinese movies. This means that we aren’t counting Fast and
Furious Hobbs and Shaw, which was 10th, and Avengers Endgame, which was 3rd. Now on with the list: Coming in at Number 10, earning a
respectable 1.208 Billion Yuan is Sheep Without a Shepherd, a remake of
the Indian thriller Drishyam. Whats more amazing about Sheep Without
a Shepherd’s entry onto this list was that it was released on the 13th of December, earning its total in just over 2 weeks. This is a fantastic thriller remake about
a man who would do anything to protect his family after they accidentally kill
the son of the local police chief. Outstanding performances from
Xiao Yang as the father, Zhou Tan as the mother and Joan Chen as
the police chief round off this on-the-edge thriller. Check out our review on Sheep Without
a Shepherd by following the card above or clicking on the link in the description. (movie audio) In 9th position, and one of two co-productions
with Hong Kong on this list, is White Storm 2: Drug Lords, the sequel to
the 2013 Benny Chan Action Crime thriller. This stars two of the biggest names
in Hong Kong cinema right now in Louis Koo and Andy Lau, and is directed by Herman Yau who is
the man behind the upcoming Shock Wave 2. Earning a respectable 1.313B Yuan, White Storm 2 Drug Lords opened to middling
reviews which seemed to be the norm for films from Hong Kong in 2019. In this instalment a wealthy business man tries to
take down a drug kingpin that he used to work with. It’s not a classic, but still a good way to
spend 100 minutes on a rainy afternoon (movie audio) (movie audio) 8th position is the Derek Tsang directed
Drama Romance film Better Days. Earning 1.558B Yuan, this movie resonated
strongly with the teen crowd. A young girl strikes up a friendship with a
local small-time gangster while she is studying for her college entrance exams. Bullied and alone, they from a pact. Well directed and scoring high in
both critic and user reviews, Better Days has also seen an
international theatrical release in the US, UK, Australia, Singapore and more. (movie audio) (movie audio) Based on a book written about the 2010 Xingang
Port oil spill in Dalian, North China, The Bravest takes out 7th spot on
the list earning 1.707B Yuan. One of the big 7 films that premiered during the 70th Anniversary Of the Peoples Republic
of China celebrations in August, The Bravest tells the story about the
firefighters who risked their lives to contain an out of control fire at an oil refinery. With plenty of liberties taken on the story, you might be forgiven for thinking these
firefighters have super human abilities, and that was but one of the
many problems with this film. Still, audiences responded with their wallets
and turned up in their thousands to watch this epic blockbuster. It’s also worth noting that some reviews
have incorrectly stated this movie as being based on an event that
occurred in Tianjin in 2015, rather than the actual 2010 incident in Dalian which indeed was an explosion in an oil refinery. (movie audio) (Shen Teng being awesome!) Coming in at 6th place, and one of
two comedies in the Top 10, is the very funny, very entertaining Pegasus, starring the always exciting Shen Teng. Earning a handy 1.729B Yuan, Pegasus tells the story of a racing
car driving who’s keen to get back behind the wheel at the conclusion
of his racing suspension. Down on his luck with his life going nowhere, Zhang Chi convinces his old rally
partner Lin Zhendong to suit up and get back on the dirt track
as they attempt to recapture the title of Champion of Bayinbrooke circuit. With an ambiguous ending that leaves the fate
of Zhang Chi in the imagination of the audience, Pegasus was a Chinese New Year smash hit. (movie audio) (more Shen Teng awesomeness!) Not content with 6th position, Shen Teng 2nd Chinese New Year feature of 2019, also starring audience favourite Huang Bo, was Crazy Alien, the only other
comedy in the Top 10 list Raking in 2.214B Yuan, and baring more than a little
resemblance to Speilberg’s E.T, including the theatrical poster, Crazy Alien tells the story of a monkey
trainer who attempts to train the alien who has injured his monkey
after crash-landing on Earth. Some respectable CGI is in play in this movie
and while not a massive hit with the critics, it was definitely a hit with public. (movie audio) (movie audio) Another movie based on a true event, this time it’s the well documented case
of Sichuan Airlines Flight 8633 and starring Operation Red Sea’s Hanyu
Zhang as the cool as a cucumber Captain. Earning just shy of 3B Yuan, The Captain mixes heavy special effects with its story to craft one of the best Chinese movies of 2019. It might suffer from overly patriotic themes
and the usual super human characters, but don’t let that get in the way of the
fact that this event actually happened to a degree. (movie audio) (movie audio) Another movie released in time for
the 70th anniversary celebrations, My People My Country boasts an
impressive cast list of elite Chinese actors, with one very large and notable exception. Huang Bo, Wu Jing and Simon Yam are some of the names international
audiences will be familiar with, but to the local Chinese audiences, this is
the equivalent of Ocean’s Eleven. An anthology movie mixing 7 short
stories by 7 different directors about key moments in the 70 year history
of the People’s Republic of China, the audience responded very warmly to this movie earning a handsome 3.171B Yuan. (movie audio) (movie audio) In a clear second place comes the
adaptation of science fiction author Liu Cixin’s short story The Wandering Earth. Loosely based on the story, The Wandering Earth follows a group
of people who struggle to reignite a large thruster that’s pushing
our planet away from the dying Sun and into another solar system. Sounds fantastical, and it is. Starring Chinese darling Wu Jing from Wolf Warrior, and with wonderful Hollywood
rivalling special effects, solid acting and an interesting,
if outlandish, storyline, The Wandering Earth earned an
monsterous 4.684B Yuan at the Chinese Box Office and is available
to watch now on Netflix. (movie audio) (movie audio) And coming in at number 1
with just over 5 Billion Yuan is the animated feature Ne-Zha. Based on the classic story of the demon child, NeZha is the 2nd highest Chinese
grossing movie ever, just a cool 600M Yuan behind leader Wolf Warrior 2. NeZha shows that the Chinese animation studios
can really take it up to Pixar and Dreamworks, with great animations that’s only
briefly let down in places, this surprise hit is being followed
up in 2020 with Jiang Ziya. It’s also receiving an English dub
cinema release in the USA alongside a 4K bluray release from Well Go. (movie audio) There it is, the top 10 Highest Grossing Chinese
made movies in China in 2019. Leave a comment below letting us know
which ones you’ve seen or would like to see. We’ve got more great videos like this coming out, but if there is a particular topic about
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