Without doubt, the war epic The Battle at Lake Changjin 长津湖 has emerged the victor in this year’s national holiday to break over ten records at the Chinese box office since its release. The patriotic blockbuster has earned RMB 3.6 billion (559m in USD) as of the latest cut off date on October 8 and is expected to fare even higher as it goes through its run. It already holds the record for the highest single-day ticket sales during the National holiday season and has also made it into China’s top 10 highest-grossing films.
Set during the Korean War, The Battle at Lake Changjin stars Wu Jing and Jackson Yee as the two Wu brothers Wu Qianli and Wu Wanli respectively. The former is the commander of the seventh company whilst the latter is a platoon soldier under his brother’s command. While the two couldn’t have been any more different as night and day, both were steadfastly committed to stopping their enemy’s advance despite the many painful sacrifices they had to make. Ultimately, the film honours the huge sacrifices and hardships endured by Chinese soldiers who fought in extreme conditions as they faced off against US led UN soldiers, eventually halting their northward advance.
Historically, films released during the national holiday period are quite patriotic in tone. Anthology film My Country, My Parents 我和我的父辈 which also stars Wu Jing alongside fellow A-listers Zhang Ziyi, Xu Zheng and Shen Teng ranked second during the holiday, raking in over RMB 1.06 billion (164m in USD).
Among the box office numbers during the national holiday period, this year falls second only to the record set in 2019 which was before the pandemic hit.