Only 9 films were released in China, among the 25 highest-grossing films of the year

We pay close attention to the North American box office, but there the Chinese box office is much stronger. Movies that are only released there, are among the most watched in the world.

Reviewing the list of the highest-grossing films of 2023, an amazing fact caught our attention. Among the 25 most-watched films in theaters worldwide this year, 9 are Chinese, and none were shown outside the country.outside of festivals or limited shows.

It’s an incredible number that shows us the power of the Chinese box office, where much more money is being collected than it is at the North American box office, so much so that Many of his films, which have only been seen in China, go straight to the top of the world. This was not the case a few years ago.

Let’s take a look at the numbers, because they are very interesting, and give us an idea of ​​the enormous power of Chinese cinema.

The 25 most watched films this year, 9 of which are Chinese

Until August, the worldwide box office was a straight-up battle between the Super Mario Bros. The Movie ($1.358 million) and Barbie ($1.340 million). The latter is expected to reach number one in September. They are the only two to have exceeded $1,000 million.

Behind us we have Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, Openheimer and Fast X. But in seventh place in this year’s highest grossers, comes the first surprise: Min Jianghong (满江红)which is an action movie and historical story that was released only in China, and achieved revenues 673 million dollars.

In eighth place we have Liú Làng Dì Qiú 2 (流浪地球2), a sci-fi thriller. And in which the sun is about to explode, so scientists devise some huge engines to move the Earth to another solar system. But something goes wrong, and a group of young people will have to save the planet.

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It raised $604 million. Only 5 million correspond to the group outside of China. You can see the scene here:

Both titles exceed the box office hits of any film in the United States. Here the highest grossers are Barbie, with $594 million, and the Super Mario Bros. movie, with $574 million.

If we look at Top 25 highest-grossing films of 2023 worldwidecourtesy Numberswe can see 9 films have been released in China only:

25 highest-grossing movies of 2023

These films leave behind the stereotype of Chinese cinema, known in the mainstream for its stunning historical films, or martial arts.

In the list we can find comedies, drama films, urban themes, and even some animated films.

We have seen that the Chinese box office is much stronger than the North American box office. nothing less than 9 films released only in China made it into the top 25 films worldwide. Two of them are in the top ten. Chinese cinema is going strong, but it still needs more international exposure.

Terry Alexander

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