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Looking back on 2021, the market share of local Taiwanese productions rose to 24.4%, up from 16.8% in 2020 and 6.9% in 2019. The surge was driven largely by the performance of romantic drama Man In Love, which grossed $14.5m (nt$405m) to become the second highest-grossing film of 2021 after Spider-Man: No Way Home, and the sixth highest-grossing local film of all time.
Both Man In Love and Spider-Man: No Way Home delivered $39.5m (nt$1.1bn) in total, making Sony Pictures Releasing the top studio by market share in Taiwan in 2021. Man In Love, which saw its lead actors Roy Chiu and Hsu Wei-Ning tie the knot in real life eight months after the release, earned an additional $41.5m (rmb264m) in China before landing on Netflix in August 2021.
Like Man In Love, most of 2021’s top local films were released during the early part of the year, before Taiwan’s cinemas were closed in late May for the first time during the pandemic. Other local hits included Gatao: The Last Stray, which took $5.8m (nt$161m), Listen Before You Sing with $3m (nt$83m), The Soul with $1.8m (nt$50m) and I Missed You with $1.3m (nt$37m).
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