As the year comes to a close and the holidays draw near, so too do the cinematic offerings.
Of the remaining films yet to be screen, none have the box office smash potential to rival those released earlier in the year.
And so, let’s take a look at the top ten box office juggernauts of 2015. Note, earnings have been left out not because there are no official numbers, but due to their potential accuracy and validity.
- SPL 2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES 杀破狼2
Starring two of the guys (Wu Jing and Zhang Jin) on our 5 lesser known kung fu stars list, SPL 2 is an unrelated sequel to the first, while still maintaining its brutal brand of martial art violence.
- CHRONICLES OF THE GHOSTLY TRIBE 九层妖塔
It’s a bit of fantasy combined with elements of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones. Grave robbers on the journey for treasure is a trope, but one that China has not ventured into often. On the back of its success, I guess we should expect more in future.
- WOLF TOTEM 狼图腾
Just a few months ago, Wolf Totem was being touted as China’s next Academy Awards submission. Since then, it has been rejected for not being Chinese enough—seemingly only the actors and location were Chinese. Does that mean it should be stripped from this list and the next film should be added? (Incidentally, number 11 is another Wu Jing film, Wolf Warrior).
- DRAGON BLADE 天将雄师
Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody. Need I say more?
I do? Well, fortunately we did a review on this historical movie.
- MONKEY KING: HERO IS BACK 西游记之大圣归来
China’s first hero, the Monkey King, makes his return to the big screen, this time as a 3D animated creature.
- THE MAN FROM MACAU II 澳门风云2
Otherwise known as From Vegas to Macau II, the film tells the story of a genius gambler who uses his skills to save the day. Expect a healthy dose of stylized action and slapstick capers.
- JIAN BING MAN 煎饼侠
We had China’s first hero, now we come to China’s latest hero—Jian Bing Man, or Pancake Man if you feel the need to translate. A campy affair that features a final boss fight against the Jean-Claude Van Damme, which might be worth the admission in itself.
- GOODBYE MR. LOSER 夏洛特烦恼
The performance troupe Mahua FunAge (开心麻花) have successfully taken their hit stage production onto the big screen. A coming of age story that deals with the perils of fame, expect good amounts of Chinese pop cultural references that may be lost on foreign audiences.
- LOST IN HONG KONG 港囧
At least I got this one right.
- MONSTER HUNT 捉妖记
Cheating aside, I called it.
All the images used in this post is from Mtime