China’s Box Office Down From Last Week With ‘1917’ in the Lead

Sam Mendes’ World War I saga “1917” took the top spot at China’s box office this weekend with a $5.3 million debut, according to data from industry tracker Maoyan, as overall nationwide ticket sales dipped down from the week before.Meanwhile, the China premiere of the 20th Century Fox’s racing drama “Ford V.

Ferrari” flopped and came in fifth with just $1.2 million.

Although only in its second China weekend, “Sonic the Hedgehog” didn’t even squeak past the half-million mark, grossing just $446,000.Chinese cinemas are in their third weekend back in business after six months of closures.

The depressed earnings reflect that a portion of theater remain closed in regions still at risk for Covid-19, while those that have resumed working face a number of restrictions.

These include a reduction of screenings to around half their usual number, a 30% cap on max capacity, a ban on the sale and consumption of concessions,

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