China box office: ‘Big Red Envelope’ tops weekend with $8m

China box office: ‘Big Red Envelope’ tops weekend with $8m
A Little Red Flower came in second with $7m for a cumulative total of $196.9m.

Local comedy Big Red Envelope topped China’s box office over the weekend January 22-24, according to figures from theatrical consultancy Artisan Gateway, grossing $8m in its first three days.

Directed by Li Kelong and starring Bao Bei’er and Clara Lee, the film’s title refers to the red paper packets used in China to give money as gifts, especially during the Chinese New Year celebrations. Although the film topped the box office over its opening weekend, it drew a mixed response from audiences,
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