BOX OFFICE CHINA: MORE THAN 60% OF THEATERS CLOSED, WORST WEEKEND IN 10 YEARS

Thousands of cinemas remained closed last weekend in China, about 60% the producer of  told us , due to a new wave of COVID-19 cases.

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The government is trying to contain a surge in Covid cases in Beijing, the Global Times reveals that three series of mass tests have been launched since Monday. Shanghai, the largest city in China, has been severely affected by the Omicron variant and is in solitary confinement.
More than 16,000 new asymptomatic cases were recorded on Monday, adding to 2,472 symptomatic cases and 51 deaths.

It is currently unclear whether Beijing will follow Shanghai’s example, when test results are available and a clearer picture of the overall situation is gained, the necessary measures will be taken, a senior expert from the Chinese Control Center told the GT. and disease prevention.

Collapse at the box office

Fantastic  Beasts: Fri: ¥ 2.7M / $ 0.4M, Sat: ¥ 5.9M / $ 0.9M, Sun: ¥ 2.5M / $ 0.4M, Tot: ¥ 110.8M / $ 17M
Man on the Edge: Fri: ¥ 2.6M / $ 0.4 M, Sat: ¥ 3.9M / $ 0.6M, Sun: ¥ 2.4M / $ 0.4M, Tot: ¥ 60.3M / $ 9.3M
Ambulance: Fri: ¥ 2.9M / $ 0.4M, Sat: ¥ 3.7M / $ 0.6M, Sun: ¥ 1.7M / $ 0.3M, Tot: ¥ 8.3M / $ 1.3M
Hotel Transylvania 4: Fri: ¥ 1M / $ 0.2M, Sat: ¥ 3.5M / $ 0.5M, Sun: ¥ 1M / $ 0.2M, Tot: ¥ 58.1M / $ 8.9M
Drishyam: Fri: ¥ 0.9M / $ 0.1M, Sat: ¥ 1.8M / $ 0.3M, Sun: ¥ 1.1M / $ 0.2M, Tot: ¥ 10.2M / $ 1.6M

According to data from Artisan Gateway , the collection between Friday 22 and Sunday 24 April was only $ 8.2 million. This is one of the worst box office results in 10 years, the previous weekend having grossed $ 10.5 million.

Since the beginning of the year, no American film has managed to exceed a total gross of $ 25M. In Japan, American films have also been having subdued performances in the past couple of years, aside from No Way Home and Dumbledore’s Secrets .

Dumbledore’s Secrets once again took the top spot, grossing $ 1.7M (¥ 11.0M), the film can count on 32,000 screenings per day, about a third of the standard in a normal situation.

Michael Bay ‘s Ambulance debuts with $ 1.3M (¥ 8.3M), the film received 6.0 on Douban ; 8.5 on Maoyan ; 8.0 on Taopiaopiao .