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Ghost Story haunts China BO
By Stephen Cremin
Wed, 27 April 2011, 20:07 PM (HKT)
Wilson Yip's (葉偉信) A Chinese Ghost Story (倩女幽魂), an adaptation of the 1987 classic, led the China box office last week with RMB72.5 million ($11.1 million) after six days on release.
The remake, which introduces a love triangle, casts Crystal Liu (劉亦菲), Yu Shaoqun (余少群) and Louis Koo (古天樂) in the roles of Joey Wang (王祖賢), Leslie Cheung (張國榮) and Wu Ma (午馬) respectively.
With its nationwide attendance crossing two million admissions, Ghost secured approximately 48% of admissions (and 47% of the RMB box office) as the only new film on release in cinemas.
The action-romance-fantasy opened on 19 April, three days earlier than originally scheduled, so as to give it additional headroom ahead of The Lost Bladesman (關雲長) after it moved its own release date forward.
Alan Mak (麥兆輝) and Felix Chong's (莊文強) Bladesman, which stars major box office draws Donnie Yen (關雲長) and Jiang Wen (姜文), opened yesterday, 26 April, two days earlier than originally announced.
3-D animation continued its climb to second place in the charts with RMB27.3 million ($4.2 million), boosted by higher ticket prices. It had made RMB78.5 million ($12 million) by Sunday night.
The Warring States (戰國) saw admissions drop more than 50% week-on-week with box office at RMB24.2 million ($3.7 million) for a current gross of RMB72.3 million ($11.1 million) by Sunday night.