Reports are now out indicating that 2012’s highest grossing film actress in China is not Zhou Xun (周迅) or Zhao Wei(赵薇), but the 26-year-old Yang Mi (杨幂).
Mainland China’s Morning Post reported that Yang Mi’s 2012 films have grossed 1.14 billion RMB in the mainland box office as of December 2012, making her the highest-grossing actress last year.
Yang Mi has appeared in a total of nine blockbuster films this year, including the highly successful Painted Skin: The Resurrection <画皮II>, which earned 702 million RMB at the box office, the second highest-grossing Chinese film in history.
The young actress came to prominence after starring in the 2011 time-traveling drama Palace <宫>. She subsequently scored a leading role in the 2011 horror film, Mysterious Island <孤岛惊魂>, which raked in 90 million RMB in the mainland Chinese box office despite is meager critical ratings. Nonetheless, her eye-catching performance in Mysterious Island drew the interest of many famous Chinese and Hong Kong film producers.
However most of Yang Mi’s 2012 films received mixed to low critical reception. Aside from Love in the Buff <春嬌與志明>, a majority of her films received a below average rating. Her worst film was the action epic, Wu Dang <大武当之天地密码>, which received a rating of less than 4 out of 10 in most professional movie review websites.
Yang Mi also did not receive top billing in her movies. Aside from Hold My Love <Hold住愛> and Wu Dang, Yang Mi was billed as a supporting actress in most productions.
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