Data from consultancy Artisan Gateway showed that nationwide cinema revenue between Friday and Sunday sank to just $8.2 million. That compared with $10.5 the previous weekend.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” was again the highest grossing title, with $1.7 million (RMB11.0 million), advancing its aggregate to $17.3 million (RMB111) since release on April 8, 2022. It played some 32,000 performances a day, roughly a third of what the top-ranking film would normally expect.
In second place was Chinese-made “Man on the Edge” with $1.4 million (RMB8.7 million). That expanded its running total to $9.4 million (RMB60.3 million) after release on April 15.
The Michael Bay-produced “Ambulance” was the top ranking new release with $1.3 million (RMB8.3 million). It has a relatively high 8.3 out of 10 score from fan users of the Maoyan ticketing app and a more prosaic 5.9 out of 10 rating from the more cinephile Douban reviews site. Maoyan’s forecast for the film’s achievable total is still a dismal RMB21 million ($3.23 million).
“Hotel Transylvania 4” earned RMB5.5 million ($900,000) for fourth place and a cumulative of $9.1 million (RMB58.1 million) since debuting on April 3.
Indian thriller “Drishyam” held on to fifth position with a second weekend score of RMB3.7 million ($600,000). After 10 days in Chinese cinemas it has accumulated $1.6 million (RMB10.2 million).
Cinemas across the country are closed or are closing. China’s biggest city Shanghai remains the most severely hit by the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. On Monday, authorities announced that Shanghai had recorded more than 16,000 new asymptomatic cases, a further 2,472 symptomatic cases and 51 COVID-related deaths.