Theatres all over the world have been closed, no thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost a year after the superhero blockbuster Avengers: Endgame took the world by storm, the deadly Coronavirus ensured we stay out of theatres for a while.
In positive news coming from China, the movie Detective Chinatown 3, the third installment of the buddy cop series, grossed a staggering $424 million in its first weekend of release (February 12-14), surpassing the earlier record of $357 million set by Avengers: Endgame in the U.S. , a phenomenon that hasn’t occurred in a long time.
Variety reports that the Chinese box office made history breaking the RMB1 billion consistently for 3 days.
“This marked the first time the country’s national box office has ever broken RMB1 billion ($155 million) a day for three consecutive days,” a feat achieved despite caps on max theater capacity at 75 percent in most of the country and 50 percent in areas particularly at risk for COVID-19, such as the Beijing-adjacent Hebei province.”
It looks like the American Box Office to play catch-up with New York City theaters re-opening in March.