China’s box office this year, though still far lower than in pre-Covid times, hit a triumphalist crescendo in the first week of October, as the nation celebrated the extended National Day holiday.
There were three Chinese animated features among the slew of domestic films that came out on October 1, the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Dear Tutu: Operation T-Rex came third on its opening weekend with USD$3.5 million, with Goldbeak following in fifth with $2.7M.
Tan Tan Meow: The Mermaid Princess was released alongside them. A few days later, on October 3, a fourth animated feature was released, though this was not entirely domestic: Extinct, directed by Simpsons veteran David Silverman, is a Chinese-American-Canadian co-production.