List of highest-grossing films in China

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This is a list of the highest-grossing films in Mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). Most of the data below is provided by EntGroup's China Box Office (CBO) website, with the gross in yuan.[1]

Rankings of highest-grossing films[edit]

Top 50 all-time highest-grossing films[edit]

     Films that are currently in cinema
Rank Title Total gross (CN¥)[1] Country / Region Year
1 Wolf Warrior 2 5.68556 billion China 2017
2 Ne Zha 5.02951 billion China 2019
3 The Wandering Earth 4.68433 billion China 2019
4 Avengers: Endgame 4.25025 billion United States 2019
5 Operation Red Sea 3.65079 billion China, Hong Kong 2018
6 Detective Chinatown 2 3.39769 billion China 2018
7 The Mermaid 3.39211 billion China, Hong Kong 2016
8 My People, My Country 3.17137 billion China, Hong Kong 2019
9 Dying to Survive 3.09996 billion China 2018
10 The Captain 2.91229 billion China 2019
11 The Eight Hundred 2.71688 billion China 2020
12 The Fate of the Furious 2.67096 billion United States 2017
13 Hello Mr. Billionaire 2.54757 billion China 2018
14 Monster Hunt 2.44002 billion China, Hong Kong 2015
15 Furious 7 2.42659 billion United States 2015
16 Avengers: Infinity War 2.39054 billion United States 2018
17 Monster Hunt 2 2.23708 billion China, Hong Kong 2018
18 Crazy Alien 2.21365 billion China 2019
19 Never Say Die 2.20175 billion China 2017
20 Aquaman 2.01321 billion United States 2018
21 Transformers: Age of Extinction 1.97752 billion United States 2014
22 The Ex-File 3: The Return of the Exes 1.94174 billion China 2017
23 Venom 1.87068 billion United States 2018
24 Kung Fu Yoga 1.75260 billion China 2017
25 Pegasus 1.72854 billion China 2019
26 The Bravest 1.70659 billion China 2019
27 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 1.69588 billion United States 2015
28 Mojin: The Lost Legend 1.68274 billion China 2015
29 Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back 1.65593 billion China, Hong Kong 2017
30 Lost in Hong Kong 1.61410 billion China 2015
31 Better Days 1.55830 billion China 2019
32 Transformers: The Last Knight 1.55124 billion United States 2017
33 Zootopia 1.53036 billion United States 2016
34 Warcraft 1.47230 billion United States 2016
35 Avengers: Age of Ultron 1.46439 billion United States 2015
36 Goodbye Mr. Loser 1.44161 billion China 2015
37 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 1.43464 billion United States 2019
38 Youth 1.42258 billion China 2017
39 Jurassic World 1.42073 billion United States 2015
40 Spider-Man: Far From Home 1.41774 billion United States 2019
41 Ready Player One 1.39666 billion United States 2018
42 Us and Them 1.36163 billion China 2018
43 The Island 1.35505 billion China 2018
44 Avatar 1.33986 billion United States 2010
45 Sheep Without A Shepherd 1.33275 billion China 2019
46 The White Storm 2 - Drug Lords 1.31254 billion China, Hong Kong 2019
47 Dangal 1.29918 billion India 2017
48 Project Gutenberg 1.27377 billion China, Hong Kong 2018
49 Lost in Thailand 1.27195 billion China 2012
50 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 1.24699 billion China, Hong Kong 2013

Top 20 domestic films[edit]

     Films that are currently in cinema
Rank Title Total gross (CN¥)[1] Country / Region Year
1 Wolf Warrior 2 5.68556 billion China 2017
2 Ne Zha 5.02951 billion China 2019
3 The Wandering Earth 4.68433 billion China 2019
4 Operation Red Sea 3.65079 billion China, Hong Kong 2018
5 Detective Chinatown 2 3.39769 billion China 2018
6 The Mermaid 3.39211 billion China, Hong Kong 2016
7 My People, My Country 3.17137 billion China, Hong Kong 2019
8 Dying to Survive 3.09996 billion China 2018
9 The Captain 2.91229 billion China 2019
10 Hello Mr. Billionaire 2.54757 billion China 2018
11 Monster Hunt 2.44002 billion China, Hong Kong 2015
12 Monster Hunt 2 2.23708 billion China, Hong Kong 2018
13 Crazy Alien 2.21365 billion China 2019
14 Never Say Die 2.20175 billion China 2017
15 The Ex-File 3: The Return of the Exes 1.94174 billion China 2017
16 Kung Fu Yoga 1.75260 billion China 2017
17 Pegasus 1.72854 billion China 2019
18 The Bravest 1.70659 billion China 2019
19 Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back 1.65593 billion China, Hong Kong 2017
20 Lost In Hong Kong 1.61410 billion China 2015

Top 20 foreign films[edit]

     Films that are currently in cinema
Rank Title Total gross (CN¥)[1] Country / Region Year
1 Avengers: Endgame 4.25025 billion United States 2019
2 The Fate of the Furious 2.67096 billion United States 2017
3 Furious 7 2.42659 billion United States 2015
4 Avengers: Infinity War 2.39054 billion United States 2018
5 Aquaman 2.01321 billion United States 2018
6 Transformers: Age of Extinction 1.97752 billion United States 2014
7 Venom 1.87068 billion United States 2018
8 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 1.69588 billion United States 2018
9 Transformers: The Last Knight 1.55124 billion United States 2017
10 Zootopia 1.53036 billion United States 2016
11 Avengers: Age of Ultron 1.46439 billion United States 2015
12 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 1.43464 billion United States 2019
13 Jurassic World 1.42073 billion United States 2015
14 Spider-Man: Far From Home 1.41774 billion United States 2019
15 Ready Player One 1.39666 billion United States 2018
16 Avatar 1.33986 billion United States 2010
17 Dangal 1.29918 billion India 2017
18 Captain America: Civil War 1.24635 billion United States 2016
19 Mission: Impossible – Fallout 1.24522 billion United States 2018
20 Coco 1.21186 billion United States 2017

Timeline of highest-grossing films[edit]

Up until the 1980s, the Chinese box office was typically reported in terms of box office admissions (ticket sales), rather than gross revenue. The film with the highest ticket sales in China is In-Laws (Full House of Joy), released in 1981, followed by Mysterious Buddha (1980) and then Gunshots in the CIB (1979), each with more than 300 million ticket sales.[2] The ChineseHong Kong film Shaolin Temple (1982) set the record for the highest-grossing film in China, with a gross revenue of CN¥161,578,014.[3] The foreign film with the highest ticket sales in China is the Indian Bollywood film Caravan (1971), which had its Chinese release in 1979 and sold nearly 300 million tickets in China.[4][5] Hollywood film releases were relatively rare in China up until First Blood (1982), which had its Chinese release in 1985,[6] and went on to sell 76 million tickets, the highest for a Hollywood film in China up until 2018.[4][5]

China began releasing box office gross revenue results for foreign non-Chinese films in November 1994, upon the release of The Fugitive (1993).[7][8] In 1995, Stanley Tong's Hong Kong action film Rumble in the Bronx became the all-time highest-grossing foreign film in China, where it grossed ¥95 million; it is not considered a domestic film as it was produced in Hong Kong (then a British Dependent Territory). Later the same year, the American film True Lies overtook it as the all-time highest-grossing foreign film in China, with ¥103 million earned at the box office, while Jiang Wen's In the Heat of the Sun became the year's highest-grossing domestic film in the country with ¥50 million.[7] In 1997, Xie Jin's The Opium War was the year's top-grossing domestic film with ¥72 million, though it was narrowly beaten that year by The Lost World: Jurassic Park, an American film which earned ¥72.1 million.[7] In 1998, Titanic (directed by James Cameron) became the all-time highest grossing film to be released in China, with a then-unprecedented ¥360 million. In 2002, Hero became the highest-grossing domestic film, with CN¥250 million. China's first domestic film to breach ¥360 million was released in 2009, The Founding of a Republic.[7] In 2015, Monster Hunt became the first domestic film in 17 years to become the overall highest-grossing film in China, earning ¥2.44 billion.[7]

Highest-grossing films by year[edit]

Michael Bay, an American film director, is the most represented filmmaker in the chart with four films to his credit, occupying the top spot in 2001, 2007, 2011, and 2014. Among domestic filmmakers, Feng Xiaogang (1999, 2003, 2008) and Stephen Chow (2004, 2013, 2016) are the most represented with three films each.

Highest-grossing films by year of release
Year Title Total gross Country / Region Ref
1939 Children of China 9,000,000 tickets China [9][10]
1950 Iron Soldier 11,000,000 tickets China [9][11]
1951 The White Haired Girl 6,000,000 tickets China [9][12]
1954 A Torn Lily 8,722,000 tickets Hong Kong [9]
1955 Awaara (The Vagabond) 100,000,000 tickets India [13]
1956 The Peerless Beauty 11,645,000 tickets Hong Kong [9][14]
1962 The Red Shoes 44,000,000 tickets United Kingdom [4][5]
1979 Gunshots in the CIB 300,000,000 tickets China [2][15]
1980 Mysterious Buddha 403,210,000 tickets China [16][17]
1981 In-Laws (Full House of Joy) 469,290,000 tickets China [16][18]
1982 Shaolin Temple ¥161,578,014 (300,000,000 tickets) China, Hong Kong [3][2]
1983 Our Niu Baisui 250,000,000 tickets China [19][20]
1984 Shaolin Temple 2: Kids from Shaolin ¥86,000,000 (140,000,000 tickets) China, Hong Kong [21][19]
1985 Shaolin vs. Wu Tang 2: Wu Tang Invasion 200,000,000 tickets Hong Kong [19][22]
1986 Innocent Teenagers 161,000,000 tickets Hong Kong [19][23]
1987 Shaolin Temple 3: Martial Arts of Shaolin 116,000,000 tickets China, Hong Kong [19]
1988 Yellow River Fighter 130,000,000 tickets China [19][24]
1989 The Birth of New China ¥30,000,000 (distribution rentals) China [19]
1990 My Beloved ¥94,000,000 (gross receipts) Taiwan [2]
1991 Jiao Yulu ¥53,120,000 (distribution rentals) China [19]
1992 Zhou Enlai ? China [19]
1994 The Fugitive ¥25,800,000 United States [8]
1995 True Lies ¥103,000,000 United States [7]
1996 Police Story 4: First Strike ¥80,000,000 Hong Kong [7]
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park ¥72,100,000 United States [7]
1998 Titanic ¥360,000,000 United States [7]
1999 Be There or Be Square ¥43,000,000 China [7]
2000 Final Decision ¥120,000,000 China [7]
2001 Pearl Harbor ¥105,000,000 United States [8]
2002 Hero ¥250,000,000 China [7]
2003 Cell Phone ¥53,000,000 China [7]
2004 Kung Fu Hustle ¥173,000,000 China, Hong Kong [7]
2005 The Promise ¥181,000,000 China [7]
2006 Curse of the Golden Flower ¥291,000,000 China [7]
2007 Transformers ¥282,000,000 United States [7]
2008 If You Are the One ¥325,000,000 China [7]
2009 2012 ¥466,000,000 United States [25]
2010 Avatar ¥1,339,860,000 United States [1][26]
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon ¥1,071,570,000 United States [1][27]
2012 Lost in Thailand ¥1,271,950,000 China [1][28]
2013 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons ¥1,246,990,000 China, Hong Kong [1]
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction ¥1,977,520,000 United States [1]
2015 Monster Hunt ¥2,440,020,000 China, Hong Kong [1]
2016 The Mermaid ¥3,392,110,000 China, Hong Kong [1]
2017 Wolf Warrior 2 ¥5,679,290,000 China [1]
2018 Operation Red Sea ¥3,650,790,000 China, Hong Kong [1]
2019 Ne Zha ¥5,013,350,000 China [1]

Box office milestones[edit]

As of 17 February 2020.

     Films that are currently in cinema
Milestone Title Total gross Country / Region Date reached Ref
5,000,000 tickets The White Haired Girl 6,000,000 tickets China 1951 [9]
10,000,000 tickets Iron Soldier 11,000,000 tickets China 1952 [9]
20,000,000 tickets Awaara (The Vagabond) 100,000,000 tickets India 1955 [5]
30,000,000 tickets The Red Shoes 44,000,000 tickets United Kingdom 1962 [4]
40,000,000 tickets 1963
50,000,000 tickets Awaara (The Vagabond) 100,000,000 tickets India 1978 [13]
100,000,000 tickets Caravan 300,000,000 tickets India 1979 [4]
200,000,000 tickets Gunshots in the CIB 300,000,000 tickets China 1979 [2]
300,000,000 tickets 1980
400,000,000 tickets Mysterious Buddha 403,210,000 tickets China 1981 [2]
¥100,000,000 Shaolin Temple ¥161,578,014 China, Hong Kong 1983 [3][2]
¥200,000,000 Titanic ¥360,000,000 United States 1998-01-18 [29]
¥300,000,000 1998-02-01
¥400,000,000 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ¥403,665,000 United States 2009-08-02 [30]
¥500,000,000 Avatar ¥1,160,500,000 United States 2010-01-17 [31]
¥1,000,000,000 2010-02-08 [32]
¥2,000,000,000 Furious 7 ¥2,426,590,000 United States 2015-04-26 [33]
¥3,000,000,000 The Mermaid ¥3,392,100,000 China, Hong Kong 2016-02-26 [34]
¥4,000,000,000 Wolf Warrior 2 ¥5,679,290,000 China 2017-08-11 [35]
¥5,000,000,000 2017-08-19 [36]

See also[edit]

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