The record subsequently recorded for the zany adventures of the apprentice investigator reassures the film industry, while theaters are still struggling to reopen elsewhere than in Asia.
Who said movie theaters were doomed to disappear? This week-end Detective Chinatown 3, directed by Chen Sicheng (to whom we also owe the first two parts), has gone down in history. Postponed for a year due to the pandemic, the film was able to languish its fans who rushed to the cinema when it was released. The local blockbuster blew up the box office numbers, breaking attendance records held by Avengers: Endgame in 2019.
According to Variety , Detective Chinatown 3 generated nearly $ 398 million in revenue in three days, or about € 329 million. Two years earlier, Marvel’s production had raised $ 357 million for its launch. Another comparison, the movie made over $ 100 million more than the movie Tenet by Christopher Nolan worldwide, and has nearly tripled global sales of Wonder Woman 1984 .
This new record is timely and reassures the entire film industry. While in the United States and Europe, cinemas are struggling to reopen their doors, China is currently enjoying the best start in its history. More generally, its venues have seen their attendance rate skyrocket since the start of the year. Over the weekend alone, the country collected nearly $ 775 million from the total number of films screened, even though reception capacity is limited to 75% in a large number of regions.
Japan is not left out either. On October 16, the film Demon slayer by Haruo Sotozaki also broke the local box office record, attracting more than 24 million viewers in theaters. The latter can boast of having thus dethroned the fabulous Spirited Away (2001) by Studio Ghibli, directed by Hayao Miyazaki.