According to a document sent to Global Times by Chinese ticketing platform Maoyan, as of Monday, box office pre-sales on the first day of the reopening of theaters across China topped 1.55 million yuan. The top three films in terms of box office pre-sales were ‘A First Farewell’, ‘Coco’ and ‘Sheep Without a Shepherd’.
About 50,000 people have visited cinemas nationwide, and 198 cinemas in China have updated their data. There are 6,101 screenings, according to Maoyan.
The hashtag for “box office breaks 1million on first day of resumption nationwide" gained 110 million views on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo in a matter of hours, globaltimes.cn reported.
The first cinema to reopen in China sold out all 32 tickets for the film ‘A First Farewell,’ released in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province, on Monday, since epidemic-related measures require that seating capacity must be limited to 30 percent per showing.
Audience members wearing masks took pictures with their mobile phones to record this remarkable moment in Chinese film history before the movie started.
An employee at the theater said that the cinema had begun preparing to resume operations since the China Film Administration announced on Thursday that cinemas in low-risk areas can reopen from July 20, while those in high-risk areas will remain closed, as the country has contained the virus spread.