“Full River Red” Answers Top-Grossing Controversy with a Lawsuit, “Ping Pong of China” Withdraws from the Spring Festival Box Office

Source: Full River Red and Ping Pong of China / Weibo
Photo: Full River Red and Ping Pong of China / Weibo

It looks like the Spring Festival movies this year are seeing quite a bit of off-screen drama. Zhang Yimou’s historical suspense comedy Full River Red 满江红 is the top-grossing film for the holiday season which marks yet another big win for Shen Teng and his young co-star Jackson Yee (Yi Yang Qian Xi) who has become the first Chinese actor in his early 20’s to cross 15 billion yuan (approx $2.2 billion) in box office receipts.

Full River Red Responds to Controversy

However, Full River Red has been accused of inflating ticket sales through methods like counting another film’s ticket sales as their own. It didn’t help that The Wandering Earth 2 star Wu Jing whose movie nabs the number 2 spot had liked a post on social media saying they only acknowledge Wu Jing as the box office King. It was thought to be a jab at competition but Wu Jing later explained he simply clicked on the wrong thing.

Nonetheless, accusations flying amidst Full River Red’s continued success has prompted the film to issue denials as well as a statement declaring that the accusations of “ghost theatre,” “stealing box office,” “buying box office,” “manipulating the market” and “plagiarism” are all nonsense. Furthermore, they issued another statement to say that they’re filing a lawsuit against four Weibo users for allegedly creating rumors.

Ping Pong of China

Another film that seems to have had a hiccup this holiday was Ping Pong of China 中国乒乓之绝地反击. After just two days in theatres, the sports film has pushed back screening once again to February 17 when it will be hitting cinemas all over. This is the second time the film has had to push back its screen dates. Originally, Ping Pong of China was scheduled to hit cinemas together with the rest of the films on New Year’s Day January 22 but ended up delaying the premiere to January 24.

Spring Festival 2023 Box Office Rankings

Here’s a look at the current top scorers as there’s definitely a shake-up from the beginning of pre-sale tickets. Aside from the top 2 that saw Full River Red taking over the top spot from The Wandering Earth 2, up on third place is the animated film Boonie Bears: Guardian Code 熊出没·伴我“熊芯. Tony Leung and Wang Yibo‘s film Hidden Blade has fallen to fourth place. Deep Sea 深海 another animated film on the lineup sticks to the number 5 slot with sixth place going to the fantasy-comedy flick Five Hundred Miles.


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