In the Spring Festival of 2021, the people's enthusiasm for watching movies, which is suppressed by the epidemic situation, is growing rapidly. From the first day to the sixth day of the lunar new year, the box office (excluding service fees) of the national films recorded 7.15 billion yuan, exceeding the optimistic expectation limit (6.5-7 billion yuan) before the festival, and a sharp increase of 30.8% compared with the Spring Festival in 2019 before the epidemic, which is the strongest in history.
Figure 1: the Spring Festival in 2021 hit a record high. Source: Yien, Guosheng Securities Research Institute
From the box office dismantling point of view, this year's Spring Festival show the volume and price rise and the full bloom of the beautiful results. Among them, the average ticket price increased by 7.7% compared with the same period of 19 years, and the number of movie viewers increased by 21.9%.
Figure 2: comparison of box office growth of Spring Festival in 2021 compared with that of the same period in 2019 in all line cities. Source: Yien, Guosheng Securities Research Institute
Compared with the box office market, the street is more concerned about the performance of a single film.
"Chinatown detective 3" and "Hello, Li Huanying" currently have a total box office of 3.6 billion and 3 billion respectively (as of 4:00 p.m. on the 18th), leading the entire schedule. However, the fate of the two films has reversed in just a few days.
With the popularity of the first two Tangtan series, "Tangtan 3" is the first movie to be released. The total pre-sale box office before its release reached 1.001 billion yuan, breaking the previous record of 737 million yuan set by "Avengers 4". The number of people that cat eye wanted to see peaked at 45641 the day before the show.
"Tang Tan San" was scheduled for the Spring Festival last year. At that time, Xu Zheng's "lost mother" and light media's (SZ: 300251) "Jiang Ziya" were also scheduled, but both of them were cancelled due to the epidemic.
However, make complaints about the plot, greasy and Boomer and ubiquitous advertisements quickly became the focus of audience's attention, and the bean score also dropped to 5.7.
Accompanied by it, naturally, is the box office high open low. After only three days at the box office, Tang Tan San was attacked by the lower ranked "Hello, Li Huanying".
Figure 3: audience recognition before the release of Spring Festival films. Source: Lighthouse professional edition, research department of CICC. Note: data as of January 9.
With the rapid spread of the Internet, the super high word-of-mouth (Douban 8.2) is rapidly fermenting. On the fourth day of the Lunar New Year (February 15), "Li Huanying" achieved a box office share 8.5 percentage points higher than "Tang Tan San" when its film arrangement share was 1.7 percentage points lower than that of "Tang Tan San", and reached the top of the box office on that day.
Figure 4: trend comparison of box office and film arrangement share in Spring Festival. Source: Yien, research department of CICC
Although the total box office of Li Huanying still lags behind that of Tang Tansan, according to the big data analysis and prediction of cat's eye professional edition, the final total box office of Li Huanying is expected to reach 5.28 billion, more than 4.52 billion of Tang Tansan, becoming the best-selling film in the Spring Festival. In just a few days, the fate of the two films reversed in the crisscross.
From channel to content
In fact, whether it's "Tang Tan San" or "Li Huan Ying" who attacks by word of mouth, the underlying reason is that high-quality content has become the core driving force of cultural and entertainment products consumption.
The rapid construction of the channel has effectively led to the blowout of the number of film viewers, and then led to the substantial growth of the national film box office. Because of the freshness brought by the experience of watching movies, even the poorly made scripts, PPT like pictures, and even the large screen versions of variety shows have a chance to make a lot of money.
Figure 5: the number of Chinese film screens increased rapidly from 2010 to 2015. Source: wind
Figure 6: with the construction of cinemas, the number of Chinese film viewers increased significantly from 2012 to 2015. Source: cat's eye
Figure 7: the proportion of domestic films at the box office. Source: SARFT, cat's eye
In addition, it must be emphasized that in the process of content replacing channels as the core driving force, the great development of social media has played an important role in accelerating the spread of word-of-mouth, so that the situation of information asymmetry can be eliminated quickly, and high-quality content can counter attack in a shorter time.
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Figure 8: typical game products not selected or delayed in the Android App store channel. Source: Research Department of CICC
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