After almost two years of cinemas being abandoned by audiences due to the pandemic, this year the box office has slowly re-emerged along with the easing of tightening in various countries around the world.
In 2021, too, for the first time in two years, Spider-Man No Way Home managed to become the first film in the pandemic era to reach a box office of US $ 1 billion.
Throughout the pandemic, Hollywood films have been unable to move in making profits from the box office. Many cinemas are closed, even if they are open, quota restrictions and fear of exposure to Covid-19 prevent massive audiences.
As a result, many studios finally choose to release on streaming services, create their own streaming services, and delay broadcasts until viewers can comfortably and safely come to the cinema.
During the last two years, the list of highest-grossing films at the end of the year was dominated by Chinese films. Cinemas in China are known to have started operating since 2020 after carrying out strict restrictions and quarantines at the beginning of the pandemic.
1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
Spider-Man: No Way Home tells of the dilemma that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) feels after he is slandered and his identity exposed by Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) before dying in a fight in London.
Critics are busy giving praise to Tom Holland’s third film as Spider-Man. On the rotten tomatoes page, this film gets a score of 94 percent. The Jon Watts-directed film has grossed more than US$1.057 billion globally in just 12 days following its December 15 premiere in Asia Pacific and the Middle East, followed by Europe and North America.
2. The Battle at Lake Changjin
The Battle at Lake Changjin is a patriotism film that tells the story of Chinese soldiers fighting American troops during the Korean War. The film, which was made on a budget of US $ 200 million, is the most expensive film made in China to date. The Battle at Lake Changjin is directed by Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark and Dante Lam. Since airing in September 2021, The Battle at Lake Changjin has grossed more than US$902.47 million in global revenue.
3. Hi, Mom
Hi, Mom is a Chinese film that tells the story of Jia Xiaoling (Ling Jia) who finds herself back in 1981 where she becomes a close friend of her mother. Jia Xiaoling, who feels that she is not a good child, tries her best to please her mother, Lia Huanying (Xiaofei Zhang). Since it premiered in February 2021, Hi, Mom has grossed over US$822 million globally.
4. No Time to Die
The film No Time To Die tells the story of James Bond (Daniel Craig) who is now living a normal human life after deciding to retire from MI6. He is no longer a mainstay or holds the status of an espionage agent with the code 007.
No Time To Die is Craig’s 25th and final James Bond film. He is so old that he no longer fits the concept of the ‘eternal’ spy at the age of 33. Since its October 2021 release, No Time to Die has grossed more than US$774.03 million globally.
5. F9: The Fast Saga
The film Fast & Furious 9 or F9 marks the return of Dominic Toretto’s car gang, which is known as an iconic figure in the racing world.
Not only dominated by racing action with a row of high-tech cars, this ninth film in the Fast & Furious franchise also opens a dark story about Dominic Toretto’s past and his feud with a family member who is not widely known to the public. F9: The Fast Saga has grossed over US$726.22 globally since it premiered in June 2021.
6. Detective Chinatown 3
The third sequel to Detective Chinatown is still highlighting the life of a man who was not accepted into the police academy, Qin Feng (Liu Haoran), with his uncle, Tang Ren (Wang Baoqiang).
Detective Chinatown 3 is written and directed by Chen Sicheng. This film was produced on a budget
US$117 million. The film has grossed more than US$686.2 million globally.
7. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage is a continuation of Venom which was released in 2018. This film again features several main characters in the previous film, one of which is Tom Hardy as Venom, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying and Peggy Lu as Chen, the owner of Eddie’s regular shop.
In addition to featuring the old cast, Venom: Let There Be Carnage also features several new faces such as Naomie Harris, Woody Harrelson, and Reid Scott. The film, directed by Andy Serkis, has grossed more than US$501 million globally.