One Night Surprise
A reinvented Fan Bingbing bounces back bigtime in this beautifully tooled, girly rom-com.
| 宮 鎖沉香
Costume drama with a fresh feel, thanks to natural direction and Zhou Dongyu's lead performance.
Tiny Times 2
| 小時代 青木時代
More of the same glossy nonsense but with a less infectious sense of fun.
Character-driven MMA drama is a return to form by Dante Lam, with actor Nick Cheung tops.
Grandmaster leads Asia-Pacific award nominations
Snowpiercer and Lunchbox also recognised
Tiny Times 3 set to begin production
New film announced on Guo Jingming's microblog
Hong Kong cinema's identity crisis
Is localisation the future of Hong Kong film-making?
China box office up 35% in 2013
Local films' revenue grows 93.8% year-on-year
Location Face-off: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia
Experience, incentives and facilities attract shoots
Grandmaster leads Golden Horse nominees
Five including Ilo Ilo tied with 6 nominations
HK submits five to Asia Pacific Film Festival
Event to be held mid-December in Macau
Five Asian world premieres compete at Tokyo fest
Mun So-ri and Terajima Shinobu join main jury
Smurfs over Witness at China box office
Stolen Years biggest new release in HK and Taiwan
Elysium leads subdued weekend at China B.O.
Unbeatable tops fourth weekend in Hong Kong
The Stolen Years awakes atop China box office
Unbeatable top Hong Kong film of 2013
Zone Pro Site remains atop Taipei box office
Taiwan comedy does combined box office of Hollywood new releases
Dinosaurs vs Monsters at China box office
Pacific Rim now 10th highest grossing film in China
Jurassic Park stomps into China with huge opening
3-D dinosaurs take down kaiju and MMA fighters
Unbeatable is first-round champion in Hong Kong
Pacific Rim still ahead of MMA drama in China
Moveable Feast lands in Taipei box office Zone
Local comedy opens strong for Warners, Activators
Miyazaki stays afloat for fourth weekend
Wind Rises crosses ¥5m; Pacific Rim has disappointing debut
Toronto adds to Asian selection
World Cinema, Wavelengths and TIFF Kids announced
Tiny Times returns with another huge opening
Sequel is China's 2nd biggest 2-D opening
Pacific Rim towers over competition in China
Local fare strong despite Hollywood dominance
Pacific Rim has monster opening in China
Second best opening day for a foreign film this year
HK Summer Fest to open with Unbeatable
Japanese comedies, festival favourites and Oshima Nagisa tribute
Sci-fi films rule in China and Taipei
Jay Chou no match for robots and Will Smith
Pacific Rim crushes The Rooftop in Taipei
Jay Chou's film disappoints in Taiwan and China
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Major releases to close out the summer holiday
Three films share prizes in Shanghai
The Major, Reliance and Unbeatable sweep awards
High profile Chinese films lock dates
Dates for Badges of Fury, The Palace, My Lucky Star and Monkey King
Shanghai struts its A-list credentials
World's two biggest film industries face-off in China
Shanghai adds two to competition
Barbara Wong drama, Russian biopic compete for Goblet
Shanghai has action-packed competition
New commercial direction for China's A-list festival
Bona profits slightly lower
Grandmasters, exhibition hold up
Mei Ah gives Palace royal treatment
Mysterious Island set for May release
Chinese Valentine's Day boosts China box office
By Kevin Ma
Thu, 15 August 2013, 09:20 AM (HKT)
In China, Couples flocked to cinemas for Chinese Valentine's Day on Tuesday, setting a new box office record for the highly competitive day in the releasing calendar.
The total box office for the day was RMB140 million (US$22.9 million), with the performance of Tiny Times 2 小時代 青木時代, Pacific Rim and One Night Surprise 一夜驚喜 increasing 81%, 105% and 156% respectively on Monday numbers.
The highest grossing film on Tuesday was not an obvious romance, but metal-on-scales sci-fi film Pacific Rim with RMB35.1 million (US$5.74 million). It had made RMB543 million (US$88.7 million) after two weeks on release by Tuesday night.
The 2-D Tiny Times had the highest admissions on Chinese Valentine's Day, making RMB34.3 million (US$5.6 million). After six days on release, the youth drama had made RMB222 million (US$36.3 million) by the end of Tuesday.
Eva JIN 金依萌's romantic comedy One Night Surprise was especially popular with audiences, making RMB29.2 million (US$4.77 million) on Tuesday. The FAN Bingbing 范冰冰-starring film has made RMB87 million (US$14.2 million) in five days.
Period drama The Palace 宮 鎖沉香 also opened strongly on Tuesday, grossing RMB22.8 million (US$3.73 million). It is a thematic continuation of the popular television drama that helped launch Tiny Times' Mini YANG 楊冪.
Over the three-day weekend, Tiny Times bested Pacific Rim. The two films made RMB107 million (US$17.5 million) and RMB89.9 million (US$14.7 million), accounting for 35% and 19% of screenings respectively.