‘Wolf Warriors 2’ continues to soar at the Chinese Box Office
‘Wolf Warriors 2’ shattered Chinese Box Office records to be China’s top grossing film of all time. This patriotic blockbuster is not done yet, and now takes another historic milestone to become the first non-Hollywood film to break into the top 100 all-time grossing movies worldwide.
Third Culture actors
The action-adventure film, produced by Beijing Dengfeng International Media, stars martial artist Wu Jing, Chinese American actress Celina Jade and American actor Frank Grillo. The intensely nationalistic movie follows Chinese special troops that are battling Western mercenaries in Africa.
Films such as “Wolf” that use both Western and Asian stars to appeal to both audiences, are increasingly aware of the value of Third Culture actors who have a wide range of appeal.
Chinese American actress Celina Jade plays doctor Rachel Smith
Successful 18-day run during an unofficial “blackout”
Much of its 18-day run occurred during an unofficial “blackout” when the Chinese government prohibits foreign films to spur its domestic market.
These tactics have been common place in China, and you have to respect the fact that…it works. It definitely serves to support the local Chinese film industry.
Box Office Mojo’s all-time 100 list
The strength of its domestic box office numbers alone has launched the film onto the industry monitor Box Office Mojo’s all-time 100 list. It has now knocked off 1994’s “Forrest Gump” from the No. 100 spot.
According Box Office Mojo said “Wolf Warriors 2” had grossed $682.1 million worldwide, nearly all of it in Chinese cinemas.
It is likely the record-breaking film is not done yet. Latest figures from the official China Movie Data Information Network said “Wolf” had already raked in 4.75 billion yuan ($710 million US) in domestic sales as of Wednesday.
That would put it nearly another 10 places higher on Box Office Mojo’s list, in the company of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1,” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
“Wolf” boasts the ominous tagline “whoever offends China will be hunted down no matter how far away they are.” In an increasingly self-assured China, are these markers in Chinese entertainment and culture herald the start of Chinese global dominance?
“whoever offends China will be hunted down no matter how far away they are.”
The movie is directed by martial arts expert Wu Jing, who also plays the lead role of Leng Feng, and a cliff-hanger ending sets the stage for a third installment.
Since July 1, cinemas across China have been ordered to screen short clips promoting “core socialist values” and President Xi Jinping’s “Chinese dream” political credo before each film.
“I’ve only taken a match and lit up people’s patriotism with a spark.”
Wu said in an interview published Tuesday: “I’ve only taken a match and lit up people’s patriotism with a spark.”
“Wolf Warriors 2” will have work to do to climb up to the top ranks of the list, which is headed by “Avatar” (2009) at $2.7 billion, followed by “Titanic” (1997) and “Star Wars: the Force Awakens” (2015).
Check out the trailer here, via New Trailer Buzz: