The Force is no match against Wing Chun. At least at the local box-office.
In the clash of the final chapters, Ip Man: The Finale took Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to the cleaners. Both were released in the last weeks of December, but only one managed to crack the annual Top 10 in no time. As of Jan 5, Donnie Yen’s last kung-fu flick earned $6.74 mil while the swansong to the Skywalker saga closed with $4.46 mil. (At time of writing, Skywalker was trailing Ip Man 4 by about $2 mil.)
But they were light years away from beating Avengers: Endgame’s whopping $19.56 mil. At the bottom of the Top 100 is the Indonesian fright-fest Suzzanna with $211,000. Ip Man 4 is also the only Asian title in the Top 10, again dominated by sequels and comic book adaptations.
Marvel Studios has claimed the top spot for the fifth straight year; they previously did it with Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Marvel also has the highest-grossing female-led (and directed) movie, Captain Marvel, with $10.25 mil. The last top female-led top earner was Wonder Woman's $7.47 mil in 2017. Can this year's Black Widow, Wonder Woman 1984 and Mulan beat that?
Frozen 2 is the biggest animated feature (No. 4, $8.19 mil) while Joker is the top NC16 earner (No.7, $6.48 mil) and John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum is the highest-grossing M18 title (No. 22, $2.1 mil). The period pic The Favourite is the only R21 title in the Top 100 (No. 95).
On the home front, Jack Neo is still king at the box-office. But his star power is dwindling. The shot-in Taiwan Killer Not Stupid brought in $822,000, an admirable figure but by Neo’s standards, a big disappointment; it made less than 2018’s Wonderful! Liang Xi Mei The Movie ($1.76 mil). The action comedy is opening in Taiwan next week.
Scroll down to see what the rest of the Top 100 movies look like, according to the Cinematograph Film Exhibitors Association. With the exception of the Top 10, we’re just going to rank the rest of without revealing their earnings. So how many of the Top 100 movies have you seen? And how many movies you've seen didn't make it to the list? (Where’s Midsommar and A Land Imagined?)
Globally, Avengers: Endgame (U$2.8 bil) was No.1, followed by The Lion King (US$1.65 bil), Frozen 2 (US$1.37 bil), Spider-Man: Far From Home (US$1.13 bil), Captain Marvel (US$1.128 bil), Toy Story 4 (US$1.07 bil), Joker (US$1.068 bil), Aladdin (US$1.05 bil), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (US$1.001 bil), and Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (US$759 mil).