Time Raiders

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Time Raiders
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Chinese 盗墓笔记
Directed by Daniel Lee
Based on Daomu Biji
by Xu Lei
Starring Jing Boran
Ma Sichun
Mallika Sherawat
Shanghai Film Group
Le Vision Pictures (Beijing)
Zhejiang Nanpai Pictures[1]
Distributed by Le Vision Pictures (Beijing)[1]
Magnum Films
S&C Pictures
Shaw Organisation
Asia Releasing
Release date
  • August 5, 2016 (2016-08-05)
Running time
123 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin
Box office CN¥1 billion[1]

Time Raiders (Chinese: 盗墓笔记) is a 2016 Chinese fantasy-action-adventure film directed by Daniel Lee and starring Jing Boran and Luhan.[2] It is based on the online novel series Daomu Biji written by Xu Lei. The film was released in China by Le Vision Pictures on August 5, 2016.[1][3]


Raised by his Uncle Wu Sanxing (Wang Jingchun), Wu Xie (Luhan) is fascinated by old architecture and antiques. Once, his family had got a very special piece of bronze by accident, but when they dug deeper, they traced and found a lost kingdom buried in the basin of north-west China named Xiwangmu Dynasty. Thus, Wu’s family recruited a group of expert raiders, including a mysterious stranger by the name of Zhang Qiling (Jing Boran), and went deep into the ruins of the ancient city.


  • Luhan as Wu Xie (吴邪)
  • Jing Boran as Kylin / Xiaoge (张起灵)
  • Ma Sichun as A Ning (阿宁)
  • Tu Sheng Chen (Jack Tu) as PanZi (潘子)
  • Wang Jingchun as Wu Sansheng (吴三省)
  • Mallika Sherawat as Snake Empress

Box office[edit]

The film earned $5.8 million in Thursday previews, $24.1 on its opening day and $70.8 million on its opening weekend ($64.6 million excluding previews) debuting in first place at the Chinese box office. It performed exceptionally well in IMAX where the film brought in $5 million for the opening weekend from 309 IMAX theaters, marking the largest IMAX opening of the summer for a Chinese local-language film, and the third biggest of all time, behind Mojin — The Lost Legend ($7.5 million) and Monster Hunt ($7.2 million).[4] It had the largest circuit of theaters in the country by registering with over 85,000 screenings per day and the best per screen average, with close to $1,000 per screen, per day.[5] Excluding previews, its weekend take was not only the biggest in China but the third biggest internationally, behind Suicide Squad and The Secret Life of Pets.[6] The film's impressive Chinese opening weekend was helped by fans of young, popular stars Lu Han and Jing Boran, whose enthusiasm outweighed overwhelmingly negative reviews.[7]

Hindered by poor word of mouth and competition from local releases, it fell precipitously by 80% on its second weekend earning around $13 million and as a result fell to fourth place. Nonetheless, it managed to pass $150 million and became the one and only local summer release to cross that mark this year.

See also[edit]

  • The Lost Tomb, a television series based on the same novel series


  1. ^ a b c d "盗墓笔记(2016)". cbooo.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (May 11, 2016). "Cannes: LeVision CEO Goes Behind Hollywood-China Co-Production 'Great Wall' Starring Matt Damon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ "盗墓笔记 Time Raiders". gewara.com (in Chinese). Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ Patrick Brzeski (August 7, 2016). "China Box Office: Local Adventure 'Time Raiders' Romps to $71M, Unversal's 'Pets' Nears $30M". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ Patrick Frater (August 7, 2016). "China Box Office: 'Time Raiders' Runs Away With $65 Million Weekend". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ Nancy Tartaglione (August 8, 2016). "China's 'Time Raiders' Clocks Top Local Debut In Lackluster Summer Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ Jonathan Papish (August 8, 2016). "China Box Office: 'Time Raiders' Defies Lousy Buzz with Thursday Release". China Film Insider. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 

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