Avengers: Endgame directors Russo brothers beat homegrown favourites to become the highest-grossing filmmakers in Chinese cinema history
- Anthony and Joe Russo have overshadowed acclaimed Chinese film directors
- The siblings’ movies have raked in nearly $1.22 billion in the country collectively
- Avengers: Endgame has reeled in $580 million in box office from Chinese fans
- Chinese producers Stephen Chow and Wu Jing rank the second and the third
Russo brothers have become the highest-grossing directors in the Chinese cinema history after Avengers: Endgame smashed more than a dozen box office records in the country.
The pair’s films have raked in nearly 8.3 billion yuan ($1.22 billion) in mainland China collectively, according to local reports.
The figure puts the American siblings ahead of acclaimed Hong Kong director Stephen Chow whose comedies have pulled in a combined 7.3 billion yuan ($1.08 billion).
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Russo brothers have beaten acclaimed Hong Kong director Stephen Chow to become the king of box office in China. The pair’s films have raked in nearly $1.22 billion in mainland China
Avengers: Endgame has reportedly earned $580 million in China since its premier on April 24
Russo brothers’s success has largely come from four Marvel superhero films, including Avengers: Endgame which has earned 3.9 billion ($580 million) in China since its premier on April 24, according to Shanghai-based news outlet Jiemian.
Their Avengers: Infinity War from 2017 and Captain America: Civil War from 2016 reeled in 2.39 billion yuan ($353 million) and 1.24 billion yuan ($183 million) in China respectively, said the same report.
The three-hour superhero blockbuster has reportedly smashed 20 Chinese cinema records after racking up a never-before-seen 2.23 billion yuan haul over a five-day opening weekend
Marvel fans attend a midnight screening of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in Shanghai on April 24
Wu has produced and starred in hugely popular Chinese sci-fi film The Wandering Earth, which is the second highest-grossing film the Chinese film history with 4.6 billion yuan ($679 million) in box office.
The highest-grossing film in the country, Wolf Warrior 2, was also directed and produced by Wu.
Millions of Chinese film fans in 2017 spent 5.68 billion yuan ($838 million) watching Wolf Warrior 2. The patriotic flick depicts how Chinese special forces were deployed to an unnamed African war zone to rescue locals from rebels and western mercenaries.
The second place goes Hong Kong actor and producer Stephen Chow (pictured) whose comedies have pulled in a combined 7.3 billion yuan ($1.08 billion), according to reports
Chinese martial artist, actor and producer Wu Jing (pictured) took the third spot on the chart
Avengers: Endgame has become the second highest-grossing film of all time with a staggering $2 billion at the box office, according to Variety.
The hit Marvel flick has now grossed $2.188 billion globally in its 11-day run, with another $145 million at the domestic box office during its second weekend in theatres.
More than a quarter of the film’s box office has come from China, where the film now holds over a dozen cinema records.
China was the first country to screen the Disney/Marvel Studios film, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, among numerous others.
The highest-grossing film ever in China, Wolf Warrior 2, was also directed and produced by Wu
The blockbuster, which also features Scarlett Johannson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper, is the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War and is the culmination of 21 feature films and 11 years of production.
It has reportedly smashed 20 Chinese cinema records after hitting the cinema at midnight on April 24.
Chinese news outlet Sohu reported that the film racked up a never-before-seen 2.23 billion yuan ($330 million) haul over a five-day opening weekend in the country, which accounted for some 95 per cent of the overall box office last week.
The film has also set a record in China after gaining 550 million yuan ($81.7 million) in box office on a single day, said Sohu.