Gong Li Drama ‘Leap’ Opens to $8.2 Million in China

Female-led volleyball drama “Leap” hit China with an $8.2 million opening day Friday, narrowly topping the premiere-day box office haul of Disney’s “Mulan” earlier this month, according to industry tracker Maoyan.Both films star China-born Singaporean actress Gong Li, who plays a powerful witch character in “Mulan” and the hard-driving, real-life head coach of the Chinese women’s national volleyball team Lang Ping in “Leap.” In contrast, “Mulan” brought in $8.1 million in its opening Friday performance.

Warner Bros.’ “Tenet” made $8.9 million in its Sept.

4 debut.

War epic “The Eight Hundred,” on the other hand, raked in $21 million in its Aug.

21 bow.“Leap’s” debut coincided with the first weekend that cinemas were allowed to sell 75% of available tickets rather than 50%.Directed by Hong Kong helmer Peter Ho-Sun Chan, “Leap” also opened in the U.S.

on Friday.

It is set for a limited release across 80 theaters in Boston, Chicago, Denver,

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