The historical films at the head of the summer season


Promotional material for 1921 Inset: Moviegoers line up to watch a 1921 pre-screening in Shanghai on Friday. Photos: courtesy of Maoyan / VCG

Historical films kicked off the 2021 summer film season and will continue to dominate the box office charts on the Chinese mainland, driven by the growing interest of young moviegoers in the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Two films – 1921 and The Pioneer – released on July 1 topped the box office charts over the past week, with combined ticket sales exceeding $ 67.56 million at the time of publication, according to the platform. Chinese Maoyan ticket office Wednesday.

Historical films and animated films will be the main box office drivers of this summer film season, a Beijing-based Chinese film industry insider told the Global Times on Wednesday.

The landmark 1921 film, which tells the story of a group of young Chinese who gathered in Shanghai to establish the CCP on July 1, 1921, has dominated the Chinese box office since its release. Ticket sales had reached 347 million yuan ($ 53.65 million) at the time of publication, according to Maoyan.

The Pioneer, a Chinese historical biographical film, tells the story of pioneer Li Dazhao, who was one of the main founders of the CCP. It ranked second with ticket sales of over 90 million yuan at the time of publication.

More than 210,000 people have expressed interest on the Taopiaopiao ticketing platform to watch Chinese Doctors, which is slated to hit theaters on Friday. This film depicts Chinese medical workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province.

Mainstream films such as 1921 and Chinese Doctors chose more notable and popular young actors, who attracted more young moviegoers and sparked a box office surge for mainstream films, the industry insider said. , adding that such a trend is also a great way to educate younger generations about the story behind the movies.

In this year’s summer film season, five mainstream films are slated to hit theaters, the newspaper reported on Thursday, adding that 46 films have set release dates for the summer, and 10 other films could be released in July or August, but have not set any fixed dates.

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