Last year saw an increase in box office competition in the mainland Chinese market.
According to an article on Sohu, with the advent of box office champions, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons <西遊·降魔篇>, Tiny Times <小时代>, and Personal Tailor <私人订制> being released in 2013, it was also the year for new stars to break out as box-office darlings. Shu Qi (舒淇), the highest grossing actress on the list, came in fifth with 1.2 billion RMB collected, but Journey to the West was Shu Qi’s only film for 2013.
Central Academy of Drama graduate Bai Baihe (白百何) was the second top grossing actress of the year.
Bai Baihe also managed to break into the Taiwanese and Hong Kong markets, in which her film The Stolen Years <被偷走的那五年> topped Hong Kong and Taiwan’s box office upon release.
Bai Baihe’s sudden rise in popularity marks the trend of mainland television actors crossing successfully into film. Taiwanese actress and singer Amber Kuo (郭采潔) also defeated popular Chinese actress Yang Mi (杨幂) in aggregate box office grosses, landing herself third place in the list of highest-grossing actresses of the year.
One of the leading stars of the popular Tiny Times film series, Amber Kuo enjoys immense popularity in mainland China.
Interestingly, many of last year’s top grossing film actors are young rising artists. However, despite the breakout of many new actors and actresses last year, the mainland Chinese film market remains to be a male-oriented domain.
Chinese actor Huang Bo (黄渤) was the top grossing actor of 2013 with 2.05 billion RMB earned from four films.
Once a popular television actor, 29-year-old Wen Zhang (文章) came in second with two films grossing a total of 1.53 million RMB. Zheng Kai (郑凯), who is still considered to be relatively new to the film industry, came in third with three high grossing films.
Popular Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao (趙又廷) came in fourth with two films.
1) Huang Bo – 2.05 billion RMB Films: Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, The Chef, the Actor, the Scoundrel,Western Sunshine
2) Wen Zhang – 1.53 billion RMB Films: Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, Badges of Fury
3) Zheng Kai – 1.41 billion RMB Films: Personal Tailor, My Lucky Star, So Young
4) Mark Chao – 1.31 billion RMB Films: So Young, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon
5) Kai Ko – 819 million RMB Films: Tiny Times, Tiny Times 2, Together
6) Andy Lau – 815 million RMB Films: Firestorm, Switch, Blind Detective
7) Han Geng – 781 million RMB Films: So Young, Happy Home
8) Deng Chao – 713 million RMB Films: American Dreams in China, The Four 2
9) Wu Xiubo – 694 million RMB Films: Finding Mr. Right, The Four 2
10) William Feng – 688 million RMB Films: Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, Love Will Tear Us Apart
1) Shu Qi – 1.24 billion RMB Films: Journey to the West: Conquering Demons
2) Bai Baihe – 898 million RMB Films: Personal Tailor, A Wedding Invitation, The Stolen Years
3) Amber Kuo – 856 million RMB Films: Tiny Times, Tiny Times 2, Amazing, Love Speaks
4) Yang Mi – 787 million RMB Films: Tiny Times, Tiny Times 2
5) Yang Zishan – 719 million RMB Films: So Young
6) Angelababy – 654 million RMB Films: Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, Together, Crimes of Passion
7) Li Xiaolu – 556 million RMB Films: Personal Tailor
8) Tang Wei – 520 million RMB Films: Finding Mr. Right
8) Hai Qing – 520 million RMB Films: Finding Mr. Right
9) Chiling Lin – 499 million RMB Films: Switch, Say Yes!
10) Jing Tian – 456 million RMB Films: Special Identity, Police Story 2013