'Operation Mekong' dominates Chinese box office

2016-10-19 17:30 ChineseTime

Operation Mekong dominates Chinese box office
Actor Eddie Peng in Operation Mekong. [Photo/Mtime]

Domestic crime action film Operation Mekong continued to lead the Chinese box office for the week ending Oct 16, earning 276 million yuan ($41 million), China Film News reported Tuesday.

Domestic romance I Belonged to You took second place, generating 103 million yuan in the week after its release on Sept 29.

The BFG, a US fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, came third with 91 million yuan in sales after its debut on Oct 14 in Chinese theaters.

Mission Milano, a domestic comedy featuring Hong Kong star Andy Lau, ranked fourth, ringing up 26 million yuan last week.

Rounding out the top five was domestic war film, The Warriors, which has grossed 20 million yuan since Oct 14.


Operation Mekong

Inspired by the true story known as the Mekong Massacre--two Chinese commercial vessels are ambushed while traveling down the Mekong River in the waters of the Golden Triangle, one of the largest drug-manufacturing regions in the world. 13 sailors are executed at gunpoint, and 900,000 methamphetamine pills are recovered at the scene. Upon discovery, the Chinese government immediately sends a band of elite narcotics officers led by Captain Gao Gang (Zhang Hanyu) to the Golden Triangle to uncover the truth behind the murders. Tea field owner and Golden Triangle-based intelligence officer Fang Xinwu (Eddie Peng) joins the investigation. After it is discovered that the drugs seized on the Chinese ships had been planted by the henchman of a notorious drug cartel leader named Naw Khar, the governments of Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and China launch a joint task force to apprehend the criminal. The road to justice is, however, paved with dangerous and deadly obstacles.


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