China touts film about defeat of US Army as highest grossing ever, data suggests it will fall short

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The film is currently tracking as the second highest box office gross in China.

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A Chinese film about a US military defeat is on track to become one of the highest-grossing films in the country’s history, but reports show how eager the government is to see it take the top spot.

“The Battle at Lake Changjin” is a state-funded film about a group of Chinese soldiers who defeated American enemies during a battle in the Korean War. The film debuted on September 30 and has already grossed around $770 million after its third weekend.

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The film already has the fourth highest box office in Chinese history, Diversity informed of. Forecasts from Chinese ticket agency Maoyan estimated the film to gross at least $843 million (RMB5.43 billion), making it the second highest after “Wolf Warriors II”, which took in approximately $882 million.

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However, the film – with the film titled “My Country, My Parents”is taking up to 80% of screening sessions in China, leaving little room for anything else to scrape its own box office, according to screen daily. However, the difference between the first and second is staggering: “Ghangjin” grossed about $108.5 million in its third weekend, while “My Country” only grossed $19.6 million.

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The Chinese daily newspaper Global Times, published under the flagship paper of the Communist Party of China, proudly stated that the film would become the highest-grossing film in the country’s history.

The Global Times also ridiculed American cinema, saying that “in contrast to the deceptive superhero stories in the West, China’s ‘The Battle at Lake Changjin’ is from real history.” The newspaper proudly claims that its “predecessors and martyrs are more remarkable and true legends than heroes that exist only in films.”

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China’s government recently banned sanctifying men on TV and asked broadcasters to promote a “revolutionary culture” to help “national rejuvenation” in the country. There is increasing pressure on companies and the public to align with their vision for a more powerful China and a healthier society.

Therefore, China projects “Changjin” as a rival to the various American blockbusters from Marvel and DC Comics that play on Chinese screens every year.

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China may end its wish as the film is likely to end up being the highest-grossing film of 2021 – not just in China but anywhere in the world: the title will depend on whether the new James Bond film “No Time” To Die” how is it? And the science-fiction epic “Dune” will perform later this month.

NS highest earning The Western film in China is “Avengers: Endgame”, which grossed RMB4.25 billion (approximately $660 million), followed by “The Fate of the Furious” with RMB2.67 billion (approximately $415 million).

“My Country, My Parents,” third entry in the historical anthology film series Celebrating the founding of the People’s Republic of China, it currently sits just above “The Fate of the Furious” with RMB2.82 billion (about $439 million).


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