Chinese blockbuster The Battle At Lake Changjin is now top earner of 2021 globally

The war film is currently the second-highest-grossing title of all time at China's box office. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (XINHUA) - Chinese patriotic blockbuster The Battle At Lake Changjin has beaten domestic comedy Hi, Mom to become the highest-grossing movie so far this year, both in China and globally.

The historical epic's cumulative total since Sept 30 has reached 5.5 billion yuan (S$1.16 billion) as of Sunday (Oct 31), surging past 5.41 billion yuan, the amount earned by Hi, Mom, the maiden directorial project of comedienne Jia Ling, according to data from box office tracker Maoyan.

More than 115 million moviegoers have watched The Battle At Lake Changjin in cinemas across China so far.

The war film is currently the second-highest-grossing title of all time at China's box office, trailing only Chinese action film Wolf Warrior 2 (2017), which raked in 5.69 billion yuan.

In its newly upgraded estimation, Maoyan predicts The Battle At Lake Changjin will complete its Chinese box office run with over 5.6 billion yuan.

Set during the Korean War (1950 to 1953) and starring actor Wu Jing and singer Jackson Yee, the three-hour movie tells the story of Chinese soldiers fighting against the American troops in freezing temperatures in a key campaign at Lake Changjin, or Chosin Reservoir.

The film was helmed by Chinese director Chen Kaige as well as Hong Kong directors Tsui Hark and Dante Lam.

According to an official announcement made via social media last Thursday, The Battle At Lake Changjin is set to have a sequel called Water Gate Bridge, which will see the return of Wu and Yee, as well as other principal members of the original cast.

The new film, whose release date has yet to be announced, follows the Chinese soldiers of the same company as they take on a new task. And this time, their battlefield is a crucial bridge on the retreat route of American troops.

The Battle At Lake Changjin opens in Singapore cinemas on Nov 11.

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