'Moon Man' is just what China's box office needs after months of lockdowns

香港 (CNNビジネス)月に取り残された宇宙飛行士を描いた中国の SF コメディーが、中国で夏の興行成績を打ち破った, providing much-needed lift to the world’s second largest cinema industry that continues to grapple Covid lockdowns.

Moon Man,” which was adapted from a webtoon of the same name by Korean illustrator Cho Seok, has attracted more than 50 million moviegoers in China since its release two weeks ago and grossed 2.22 billion yuan ($ 330 百万) in ticketing sales, according to Chinese real-time box office app Dengta.
The film tells the story of a Chinese astronaut’s attempts to survive alone on the moon, where he is accidentally left behind by his teammates.
    The astronaut — played by star comedian Shen Teng — goes on to believe that he is the last human in the universe after watching an asteroid hit the Earth. しかしながら, many survivors on earth — including his team leader played by top Chinese actress Ma Li — are watching his every move via live-streaming and trying to bring him home.
      Actor Shen Teng (L1) and actress Ma Li (R1) attend the road show of film 'Moon Man' 七月に 25, 2022 in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province of China.

      The movie had the highest number of screenings for a film in China on its opening day, and has become one of the top grossing sci-fi movies in Chinese history.
          Moon Manhad the second highest weekend debut globally of 2022, only trailing Disney’sDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” according to data from Dengta and Box Office Mojo, a US box office tracking site.
          Thanks to the robust weekend debut, China’s box office receipts grew in July for the first time in five months, アップ 9% from the same period last year.
          China’s movie market is going through a tough time. Hit by strict Covid lockdowns, the country’s box office plunged 38% in the first half of this year from a year ago, according to data from Chinese ticketing app Maoyan.
          The number of moviegoers also shrank sharply to 398 百万, ダウン 42% from the same period last year.
          To revive the industry, the government has handed out ticket coupons to encourage people to go to cinemas. 木曜日に, the China Film Administration announced it would partner with major ticketing platforms to give away 100 million yuan ($ 15 百万) worth of such discount coupons from August to October.
          The regulator also said it will accelerate the screening of new movies and blockbusters in theaters, encourage more cinemas to expand into rural areas, and cut taxes for the movie industry.
          Moon Manwas produced by Mahua FunAge, a Chinese comedy film and stage show producer, and backed by a number of entertainment industry giants, including Alibaba Pictures and Maoyan Entertainment.
          The film has so far only released in mainland China. It remains unclear whether it will hit overseas markets.
          Analysts at Chinese brokerage firms now expect the movie’s total box office to reach between 4 billion yuan ($ 594 百万) に 5.5 billion yuan ($ 816 百万), which could make it China’s highest-grossing film of the year.
          China’s box office rakes in billions of dollars a year, rivaling the United States and Canada combined.
          に 2020, it became the world’s biggest movie market, as its theaters were able to recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic more quickly than those in North America. The trend continued last year.
          今年, しかしながら, the balance has tilted again. US theaters have bounced back, while China continues to maintain a strict “ゼロコビッド” policy that keeps many of its cinemas in limbo. That puts North America’s box office slightly ahead so far in 2022, generating about $ 5 billion compared with China’s $ 3.3 十億, according to latest data from Box Office Mojo and Dengta.
            Some of the biggest global hits this year — including “トップ・ガン: 異端者” — have not been released in China, as the country’s box office becomes more insular and more heavily regulated.
            CNNビジネス’ Michelle Toh contributed to this report.

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