BEIJING, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- "The Battle at Lake Changjin," a historical epic bursting with patriotic zeal, has continued to smash Chinese box office records and ignited widespread patriotic passion among the Chinese public.
Jointly helmed by three top directors Chen Kaige, Hark Tsui and Dante Lam -- a rare scene in the Chinese filmmaking industry -- the war film saw its cumulative revenue surge past 1.6 billion yuan (about 246.71 million U.S. dollars) by the morning of Monday, its fifth day of screening, showed data from box office tracker Maoyan.
Its Sunday earnings of over 467 million yuan set a new daily sales record for a film at China's National Day holiday box office.
With daily revenue of over 400 million yuan for the third day in a row on Sunday, the blockbuster broke China's daily box office record for both war films and historical films, according to film data platform Beacon.
Set in the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-1953) and headlined by Wu Jing and Jackson Yee, the film tells the story of the Chinese People's Volunteers soldiers fighting bravely under freezing temperatures in a key campaign at Lake Changjin, or Chosin Reservoir.
"The Battle at Lake Changjin" and patriotic anthology "My Country, My Parents" have been both well-received since their formal release on Sept. 30, the last business day before the weeklong National Day holiday, usually a lucrative moviegoing period in China, which starts on Oct. 1.
The robust growth of their ticket sales, with combined takings of more than 2.3 billion yuan as of Monday morning, drove China's 2021 box office total to date to top 37 billion yuan. Enditem