Shot entirely on IMAX cameras, the $80 million war epic will be released in 21 U.S. states and 6 Canadian provinces with additional markets to follow.
CMC Pictures, under CMC Inc., will release The Eight Hundred, the acclaimed visionary war epic by director Guan Hu (Mr. Six, My People, My Country), in over 90 North American theaters this Friday — one week following its massive $116.63 million debut in China. Major markets including New York and California will be added in the coming weeks pending cinema reopenings in those states. The first Chinese film to be shot entirely in the IMAX format, the $80 million production recreates the final days of 1937’s Battle of Shanghai and features a cast of thousands.
China’s first major theatrical release since local cinemas reopened in July, The Eight Hundred earned an astounding $116.63 million (which included $30 million from previews) this past weekend in its home territory. This despite local theater capacity limited to 50% due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Lauded by both audiences and critics, the film is the world’s first blockbuster since the beginning of the pandemic in March, which forced the mass closure of cinemas.