Chinese box office revenue during the three-day Qingming Festival holiday, which ended on Saturday, hit a record 841.6 million yuan ($118.6 million), with Hayao Miyazaki’s acclaimed animated fantasy emerging as the highest-grossing film.

This number surpassed the previous revenue gain record of 822 million yuan recorded in 2021, according to film data platform Beacon.

Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning film “The Boy and the Crane” topped the holiday revenue chart with revenue of 390.2 million yuan, accounting for 46.4 percent of total profit.

“Godzilla and Kong: The New Empire” and the animated film “Kung Fu Panda 4” ranked second and third with earnings of approximately 237 million yuan and 48.3 million yuan, respectively.

They were followed by domestic crime thrillers “Dwelling by the West Lake” and “The Victims”.

The Qingming Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday that falls on the 15th day after the Spring Equinox. While it is a time to enjoy spring greenery and visit ancestors’ graves, the holiday has also become a busy time for cultural and tourist activities in China, including visits to the cinema.


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