Top grossing Chinese films all through years

By Zhang Rui
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The Chinese science fiction comedy "Mermaid" by the "King of Comedy," director Stephen Chow, has so far grossed 2.45 billion yuan (about US$376 million) and takes the crown as the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. It has been setting box office records literally every single day since its debut.

The previous box office record was held by "Monster Hunt," a fantasy comedy directed by Raman Hui, a Hong Kong animator then working for DreamWorks Animation. But "Mermaid" will take the record to the whole new level thanks to the current Chinese film market boom.

Let's look back at the previous box office champions all through years.

12, "Rumble in the Bronx"

"Rumble in the Bronx" [Photo/]

Box office gross takings: 95 million yuan

Release date: Jan. 21, 1995

The time the film held on to the record was the longest: 5 years and 6 months

Box office total gross of all films in China that year: 1 billion yuan

It was the first public release of Chinese box office statistics. "The Fugitive," the first imported foreign film, grossed 25.8 million yuan. The film was the first one to appear in China's box office statistics. "Rumble in the Bronx," directed by Stanley Tong and starring Jackie Chan later became the biggest grossing Chinese film of that year, taking in 95 million yuan as the whole market's gross total was only 1 billion yuan. It was second only to James Cameron's "True Lies" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which grossed 103 million yuan in China that year, making it the first imported film to gross more than 100 million yuan.

However, considering the fact that Hong Kong had not yet returned to China's sovereignty in 1995, we can count Jiang Wen's "In the Heat of the Sun" as the top Chinese domestic film as it grossed 50 million yuan.

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