Chinese blockbuster hits 5b yuan, world’s 2nd biggest earner of 2021
Published: Oct 20, 2021 08:03 PM
The Chinese blockbuster The Battle at Lake Changjin saw its total earnings at the domestic box office hit 5 billion yuan ($777.52 million) on Tuesday evening.

The film is 2021's second-biggest earner so far, both in China and globally, following on the heels of the domestic comedy Hi, Mom.

The Battle at Lake Changjin is a historical epic jointly helmed by three top directors - Chen Kaige, Hark Tsui and Dante Lam. 

It is forecasted to complete its Chinese mainland box-office run with a whopping 5.4 billion yuan, according to Chinese box-office tracker Maoyan, which puts it on track to meet or exceed the box office of Hi Mom.

Currently, the film is the fourth highest-grossing film of all time at the Chinese mainland box office, following the Chinese animated fantasy Ne Zha, which raked in 5.04 billion yuan and ranks third.

Set during the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53) and starring Wu Jing and Jackson Yee, the movie tells the story of Chinese People's Volunteer soldiers fighting bravely in freezing temperatures in a key campaign at Lake Changjin, or the Chosin Reservoir.

The story of how the young warriors were willing to risk it all to defend their motherland from the world's best-equipped army, despite their lack of food and warm clothing and amid the bitter coldness, has moved many moviegoers to tears.