Local disaster film Cloudy Mountain topped the Chinese box office over the weekend of Sept. 17-19, according to Artisan Gateway figures, totaling $ 19.1 million in its first three days.
Directed by Li Jun, the film tells the story of a father and son who try to save a city after a series of natural disasters, including a severe collapse that traps a bus full of people in an underground cave. The cast is led by Zhu Yilong, Huang Zhizhong, Chen Shu and Jiao Junyan. The shooting took place in Shuanghe Cave in Guizhou Province.
The film pushed Disney / 20th Century Studios’ free guy in second position after three weeks in first place. The sci-fi action movie starring Ryan Reynolds grossed an additional $ 4.8 million over the three-day weekend, for a cumulative total of $ 85.1 million. It was followed by a Hong Kong-China action film Raging fire, which took $ 4.5 million for an amount of $ 193.7 million.
Two local films opened on September 19 and entered the weekend’s top five thanks to their day one box office. Zhao Tianyu’s drama All about my mother, which competes at the Beijing International Film Festival (September 21-29), grossed $ 4.7 million, while the romantic drama To be with you, co-directed by Lin Ziping and Sun Rui, took $ 2.6 million.
The coming weekend is expected to be relatively quiet before the Chinese National Day holiday (October 1-7), when a slew of big-budget patriotic local films will be released. These included The Battle of Changjin Lake, co-directed by Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark and Dante Lam; omnibus My country, my parents, which has segments performed by Wu Jing, Zhang Ziyi, Xu Zheng, and Shen Teng; and the Huayi brothers Railway hero, directed by Yang Feng and with Zhang Hanyu.