The cost of 3 films was 500 million and the loss was 300 million, Qiu Litao was unwilling and asked Andy Lau to bring a raw blockbuster
Speaking of Hong Kong directors, the former king is none other than Wang Jing.
But today, Hong Kong films are lonely, a large number of filmmakers have gone north to the mainland to develop, and there are now very few directors who really insist on making Hong Kong films, and only Qiu Litao is currently filming.
Lin Chaoxian, Zhuang Wenqiang and Stephen Chow currently have 4 films to be screened, Liu Weiqiang and Tsui Hark have 8 new films, Liu Zhenwei 2, and Qiu Litao has 18 new films waiting for the schedule.
Yau Litao has become the Hong Kong director with the highest output rate, but the high production and box office are not directly proportional, but go to two extremes.
The box office of his three works this summer is difficult to say!
The summer of 2023 ended perfectly, with a total of 20.6 billion box office this summer, a total increase of 2.9 billion compared with the historical high of 17.7 billion in 2019, equivalent to the box office of a head blockbuster.
The box office of more than 3 billion is "All or Nothing" and "Disappearing Her"; More than 2 billion is "The First Part of Fengshen " and "In the Octagonal Cage", and more than 1 billion is "Chang'an 30,000 Li".
Films with 400 million to 1 billion include "Heat", "Megalodon 2", "Transformers: Rise of the Power Warriors", "Learner" and "I Love You".
Among them, "All or Nothing" and "Disappearing Her" exceeded 3.5 billion, and "Desperate" had the last laugh, narrowly defeating "Disappearing Her" with 3 million box office and winning the summer championship.
There are four main box office winners, namely Ning Hao, Chen Sicheng, Wang Baoqiang and Chasing Light Animation.
Ning Hao supervised the production of "All or Nothing", Chen Sicheng supervised the production of "Disappearing Her", they not only comprehensively controlled the quality, but also invested real money in it, and the two films made Ning Hao and Chen Sicheng's company make 1.3 billion yuan.
"In the Octagon Cage" in the case of the withdrawal of investors, Wang Baoqiang gritted his teeth and pressed all his value in, there was no production fund in the later stage, his friend Chen Sicheng helped wholeheartedly, and after its release, the reputation exploded, and he also received assistance from industry insiders all the way.
Wang Baoqiang took his interpersonal relationship to the extreme this time, and Stephen Chow, Andy Lau, Liu Ruoying, Feng Xiaogang, Chen Kaige, Wu Jing, Huang Bo and other blockbusters called him.
In the end, "In the Octagon Cage" should have received 2.2 billion box office, and the box office alone exceeded 800 million, which was basically invested by his own company, and a movie made Wang Bao strong and earn special money.
Chasing light animation "Chang'an 30,000 Li" is the film with the highest reputation in this summer, with a Douban score of 8.3 points, which is well deserved, and the box office has also won 1.798 billion, becoming the highest-grossing cartoon this year.
It is also the runner-up film in the box office list of Chinese mainland film history cartoons, second only to Dumpling's "Nezha: The Devil Child Descends".
Its production company Chasing Light Animation directly received 678 million cents at the box office, this time completely opening China's "new culture" IP, Chasing Light Animation has become China's Pixar Pictures.
"The First Part of Fengshen directed by Wuershan", although the box office got 2.481 billion, but the cost performance is not high, so the production company does not earn a lot.
The budget cost of the first part is 800 million, plus the publicity fee, the average price is about 1 billion, and the box office reaches 2.4 billion, which is basically in the state of capital preservation and slight income.
With a big winner, there is naturally a big loser, and this person is Qiu Litao.
This summer, the three films directed by Qiu Litao have been finalized one after another.
The first is "Anti-Drug 3", which will be released on July 6.
Due to the box office success of "Drug Sweep 2" produced by Chen Musheng, this led to the third part of the series, and the three actors invited this time are Liu Qingyun, Koo Tianle and Kwok Fucheng.
Liu Qingyun plays the villain Kang Sucha, and Koo Tianle and Kwok Fucheng are undercover agents.
During an operation, Zhang Jianxing, played by Kwok Fucheng, was seriously injured, but his identity was not revealed, and Kang Sucha took him away to the Golden Triangle, preparing to lie down and try his luck, waiting for the opportunity.
In the end, Zhang Jianxing revealed the location to Gu Tianle's side, and the war was about to break out...
"Drug Sweep 3" wants to imitate the first part and engage in three brotherly love, but the audience ignores this overly superficial emotional portrayal.
So much so that in the finale, Kwok Fucheng's sentence of "me too" made the audience laugh, and an action movie turned into a comedy in seconds in the final stage.
In addition, there are nearly 40 minutes of drag racing and sparring scenes behind, Qiu Litao used a big hand, enabled the plane, etc., and will never lose the head blockbuster in the scene, but the plot collapse cannot save the movie after all.
The reputation of "Drug Sweep 3" Douban has fallen to 5.5 points, which is the worst reputation among the three new films.
At the beginning of its release, it was directly beaten by Wang Baoqiang's "In the Octagon Cage", and the subsequent "Chang'an 30,000 Li" detonated the box office, seizing many of the film shares of "Drug Sweep 3", and has been slumped ever since.
Audiences who have seen this movie should know that the budget cost of "Drug Sweep 3" is very expensive, and the film side gave 300 million Hong Kong dollars, which is a real big production in Hong Kong movies.
However, the film's final mainland box office only collected 284 million, and the box office in Southeast Asia and other regions was very small and almost negligible.
The cost is 300 million, and the box office gets 100 million, which directly loses nearly 200 million.
The second is "Assassination Storm", which was released on August 18.
This film is adapted from Zhou Haohui's high-scoring suspense novel, with Zhang Zhilin, Wu Zhenyu and Koo Tianle provoking the beam.
Zhang Zhilin plays the genius policeman Luo Fei, whose girlfriend was killed by a bombing in a case many years ago, and the murderer is Darker, who considers himself a "judge".
Subsequently, he launched several provocations and publicly issued a number of "notices".
This time, he's back.
Huang Shaoping, played by Koo Tianle, is a witness in the first case; Wu Zhenyu as Luo Fei's boss Han Hao; Deng Hua, the boss of the listed group played by Lu Liangwei, has entered the game.
Who exactly is Darker? What does he want to do?
Overall, "Assassination Storm" is decent, Qiu Litao made an 80-point script into a 60-point movie, and the foreshadowing in front is somewhat similar to Liu Qingyun's "Detective Wars", but the last 30 minutes of rapid reasoning and reversal greatly reduce the quality of the film.
To paraphrase a sentence said by a netizen: "I feel that the biggest spoiler is, how can Gu Tianle be an ordinary waste picker?" ”
Since you want to use the identity of the homeless man to create a reversal, you should not find Gu Tianle to play, all stars are not suitable for this role. This little-known embellishment identity should give the audience a sudden sense of realization at the final ending.
In this way, the suspense of the film can be reversed to the extreme, and this aspect can refer to the Spanish movie "Invisible Guest".
The only wonderful part is the role of Wu Zhenyu, from accidentally injuring his teammate to choosing to make a mistake again and again in the end, and the character motivation has been closed.
In order to be released, the film has undergone many trimming and name changes, and it can be seen that Qiu Litao used scissors to make the whole movie rhythmic and chaotic.
In short, "Assassination Storm" is not a movie that must be seen, except for Hong Kong film lovers to pay, the box office is not satisfactory, all within the expected range.
As of press time, the film's mainland box office has received 78.41 million, the film's box office is about 27.94 million, and the final box office will be around 80 million, and the box office will be around 28 million.
Brother Brown learned through inquiries that the budget cost of "Assassination Storm" is 16 million US dollars, about 110 million yuan, and after it is sold to streaming media platforms, the film will lose 60 million.
The third is "Jedi Pursuit", which will be released on August 25.
"Jedi Pursuit" is Qiu Litao's best quality film in the summer, but there are major problems with the film's announcement, which is the key reason for the unsatisfactory box office.
The film starring Ou Hao, Gu Jiacheng, Yu Haoming, Aruna and other non-famous movie stars, takes the team route, and does not have very prominent individual heroism.
"Jedi Pursuit" is a film based on real events, and Qiu Litao has made a perfect fusion of disaster themes and action themes.
In the face of natural floods, in the face of inhuman villains, they are not afraid of sacrifice and kill this group of outlaws.
The quality is great, the shooting is very realistic, and it can fully stimulate the adrenaline of the audience, but such a good movie has become a film that no one cares about in the summer.
"Jedi Pursuit" frequently changed its files, which violated the taboo of the soldiers!
The first time was set for April 7, and later Jackie Chan's "Dragon Horse Spirit" also came to this schedule, probably not wanting to fight with it, and then the film side issued a withdrawal announcement.
The second time was scheduled for June 21 to prepare for the Dragon Boat Festival to meet the audience, but when I learned that "In the Octagon Cage" was screened ahead of schedule during this period, I was scared away again.
The publicity of this film is responsible for Hengye Pictures, and Deng Chao's "Chinese Table Tennis Jedi Strikes Back" is a movie that was announced to collapse, which was previously scheduled for the third day of the Lunar New Year, and the premiere box office was not good, and it was immediately withdrawn from the Spring Festival file.
In the follow-up release, the audience directly did not buy it, and in the end, "Chinese Table Tennis" only got 100 million box office.
"Jedi Pursuit" was scheduled to be withdrawn twice, making many viewers think that the quality of this film may have major problems, otherwise it would not have escaped many times for no reason.
In fact, after the large-scale release of "Jedi Pursuit", Douban just opened 7.7 points, and it is still stable at 7.1 points, ranking fifth in the word of mouth in the summer file, second to "Chang'an 30,000 Li", "Feng Shen", "Octagonal Cage" and "Warm".
I don't know such a high quality, what to run? This can be screened in advance, so that the audience becomes tap water, and besides, with the same film as "Operation Red Sea", the box office can be a big hit.
This series of publicity has led to the current cumulative box office of "Jedi Pursuit" of only 24.08 million, and the final box office is about 10 million.
The film could not check the budget cost, and the production cost given by Brother Brown after watching the movie was about 100 million, which directly lost about 70 million.
The above are all directed works by Qiu Litao, the total budget cost of the three films is 500 million, and the actual box office is less than 200 million, plus the post-broadcast copyright revenue, the estimated loss exceeds 300 million.
Speaking of Qiu Litao, audiences who love Hong Kong films must know about it.
In his early years, he made a lot of films with heavy tastes, and after entering the millennium, he began to develop into big productions.
Like Michael Bay, he especially likes to play explosive scenes, affectionately known as "Explosive Tao" in the mainland, and will explode without saying a word.
Qiu Litao's movies have a characteristic, fast plot, chaotic editing, focus on popcorn elements, and have little connotation, so the ratings are mostly between 6-7 points.
Later, he worked closely with Andy Lau, which also made his identity and status soar instantly, and he became a hot Hong Kong director.
One is "Anti-Drug 2" and the other is "Bomb Disposal Expert 2", both of which exploded 1.3 billion at the box office, breaking the box office record of Chow Yun-fat's "Matchless" and becoming the highest-grossing film in the mainland by Hong Kong films.
Later, the total box office of Donnie Yen's "Ip Man 4" had to bow down in front of Qiu Litao.
Previously, Andy Lau's personal highest-grossing Hong Kong film was "Chasing the Dragon" with 577 million; Qiu Litao is the same, the highest box office of the film he directed in the mainland was "Bomb Disposal Expert".
Qiu Litao bound Andy Lau and had a chemical reaction, and the two achieved each other, both raised their eyebrows.
Now that the cost of 3 summer films is 500 million, and the loss is 300 million, how can Qiu Litao be willing?
No, another blockbuster film "Operation Moscow" is set, and this raw blockbuster has found Andy Lau.
The film will be released nationwide on September 29, focusing on the National Day file, and the cast is not only Andy Lau, but also Zhang Hanyu, Huang Xuan, Wen Yongshan and others.
"Operation Moscow" is also based on a real case.
In the early nineties, there was a group of traders at the border who specialized in trafficking goods, and they took the K3 international train from Beijing to Moscow between China and Russia.
It is this train carrying huge amounts of cash and goods that breeds evil, and Miao Qingshan, the gangster leader played by Huang Xuan, leads a gang to carry out multiple serial robberies of the K3 train.
Zhang Hanyu plays the policeman Cui Zhenhai, who receives a task from his superiors and leads a small team to solve this appalling case.
On the train, the mysterious person played by Andy Lau and Zhenzhen played by Wen Yongshan attracted Cui Zhenhai's attention, then, will there be a bigger conspiracy here?
Andy Lau and Zhang Hanyu co-starred after "No Thief in the World", which directly filled the feelings, just rushed to this main creative lineup, and the crowd of moviegoers will never be less.
The movie takes place on the train, especially the role of Andy Lau is full of highlights, known plot explanation, Andy Lau played by the mysterious man, is it a villain?
Is it with Huang Xuan, neutral, or cooperating with Zhang Hanyu?
This year's National Day file pattern has been released, "Moscow Action" and "Volunteers: Heroic Attack", "Rock Solid" and "Predecessor 3" compete on the same stage, making the original three-legged tripod into a four-suburban multi-base.
The script structure of "Operation Moscow" is done, and Qiu Litao and Andy Lau, plus the schedule is excellent, the box office sword refers to 1.5 billion basically no suspense, if the reputation is good, the impact of 2.5 billion is not a problem.
"Operation Moscow" will definitely be able to return Qiu Litao to the peak again!
Do you have anything to say about Qiu Litao's three summer movies?
Do you think "Operation Moscow" can reach 1.5 billion at the box office?