Title: Local Crime Thriller ‘No More Bets’ Dominates China’s Box Office
In a surprising turn of events, the local crime thriller “No More Bets” has taken China’s box office by storm, earning a staggering $101.1 million during the weekend of August 11-13. The film’s success comes on the heels of its highly anticipated preview screenings, which played a significant role in its impressive total earnings of $247.5 million so far.
The movie, executive produced by Ning Hao and directed by Shen Ao, features an impressive cast that includes Lay Zhang and Gina Jin. Set against the backdrop of online fraud, “No More Bets” tells the gripping tale of a computer programmer and a model who unwittingly find themselves entangled in a dangerous web of deceit. With its thrilling storyline and stellar performances, the film has captivated Chinese audiences and garnered critical acclaim.
As “No More Bets” dominates the box office, other films have been relegated to lower positions. “Meg 2: The Trench,” the highly anticipated sequel featuring a giant shark, slipped to third place in its second weekend, with earnings of $16.7 million and a cumulative total of $91 million. Surprisingly, the Chinese fantasy blockbuster “Creation of the Gods 1: Kingdom of Storms” climbed back into second place, generating $26.8 million and amassing an impressive total of $283.4 million over four weekends.
Not all films, however, have been able to make a mark in the Chinese market. Paramount Pictures’ “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” failed to perform well, earning less than $1 million during its three-day start. Leading box office predictor Maoyan forecasts that the film is likely to reach a disappointing total of just $1.5 million in China.
Looking ahead, Chinese audiences can expect the highly anticipated release of Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” on August 30. With previous successes like “Inception” and “Interstellar,” Nolan’s latest film is anticipated to create a similar buzz among moviegoers.
While “No More Bets” continues to dominate the Chinese box office, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie film has seen a decline, earning $35.8 million to date. Despite its star-studded cast and internationally renowned director, the film has struggled to captivate Chinese audiences.
With its record-breaking earnings and rave reviews, Maoyan predicts that “No More Bets” will surpass the $500 million mark, solidifying its position as China’s biggest hit of the summer. As the local crime thriller continues to captivate audiences and break records, the Chinese box office landscape is set for an exciting and dynamic future.
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