Recent News Stories

  1. Leviathan leads APSA nominees
  2. Studios, female protagonists and embezzlement
  3. Close Range Love tops 3rd week at Japan B.O.
  4. Lucy explodes at China box office
  5. Edmund Yeo on the evolution of Malaysian cinema
  6. Kitano receives Samurai Award at Tokyo Fest
  7. Gone Girl leads South Korea B.O.
  8. 12 Citizens, Haider win Rome awards
  9. Cambodia Rising
  10. Marvel's Guardians takes second China weekend
  11. Close Range Love pulls ahead in Japan
  12. Vietnam Media Corp climbs Berlin Wall
  13. Filmex competition goes Middle East
  14. Bride remake tops quiet weekend in South Korea
  15. Breakup Buddies takes RMB1 billion
  16. Empire of Shame wins at Taiwan Doc Fest
  17. Justin Lin starts Hollywood Adventures
  18. Kyoto festival opens in low-key style
  19. Iwai Shunji to direct first anime feature

  20. SAPPRFT to publish hourly box office data
  21. MFF opens with glamour despite funding crisis
  22. Nostalgia and Close Range Love top Japan B.O.
  23. Red Amnesia to open China Onscreen Biennial
  24. Guardians of the Galaxy tops China box office
  25. Drug War tops China Media Awards
  26. Bride remake tops South Korea box office
  27. Asian Star Casting Forum lost in translation
  28. Yoshimoto Kogyo establishes film arm
  29. Youku Tudou adds two executives
  30. China's National Day B.O. biggest on record
  31. HK Asian Film Festival highlights local directors
  32. Rurouni Kenshin continues Japan box office reign
  33. Hairun and Roadshow team up for Mountain Cry
  34. Zhang Jingchu joins Mission: Impossible 5
  35. Viva launches Tagalized Movie Channel
  36. Midi Z's Road to Mandalay goes 4–way
  37. Black & White sequel defeated in Taipei
  38. Taipei to introduce new international incentives
  39. Busan IFF's changing definition of Asia
  40. Five Star launches Sming at Busan market

Heart battles aliens at China BO

Heart battles aliens at China BO

By Stephen Cremin

Wed, 06 April 2011, 17:40 PM (HKT)

Box Office News

Johnnie To's (杜琪峰) Don't Go Breaking My Heart (單身男女, pictured) was the highest new entry at China's box office at the weekend.

To's return to the romantic comedy genre — starring Gao Yuanyuan (高圓圓) opposite Louis Koo (古天樂) and Daniel Wu (吳彥祖) — made RMB31.5 million ($4.8 million) over four days in cinemas.

The highest grossing film last week remained alien invasion film Battle: Los Angeles which made RMB38.1 million ($5.8 million) over seven days, reaching RMB193.6 million ($29.6 million) by Sunday night.

In third place, was another American film, Robert Schwentke's action-comedy Red starring Bruce Willis. Over three days in cinemas, on a belated theatrical release, it took RMB10 million ($1.5 million).

Still in cinemas, Wuershan's (烏爾善) anarchic The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman (刀見笑) added RMB2 million ($306,000) to its current haul of RMB21.8 million ($3.3 million) after 18 days on release.

New releases included several local movies: action-romance He-Man (硬漢2 奉陪到底), horror The Frightening Night (夜驚魂), romance Chase Our Love (宅男總動員) and drama Stand By Me (奮鬥).

He-Man, Ding Sheng's (丁晟) sequel to his own The Underdog Knight (硬漢, 2008) again headlined by actor Liu Ye (劉燁), took RMB7.8 million ($1.2 million) over three days in cinemas.

Night, the directorial debut of cinematographer Xu Bin (許斌), made RMB2 million ($306,000) at the weekend, narrowly ahead of Chase Our Love on RMB1.9 million ($290,000) and Stand By Me on RMB1.8 million ($275,000).

New releases this coming weekend are 3-D animation Rio, character drama The Law of Attraction (萬有引力), romantic drama Once Upon a Time in Tibet (西藏往事) and romantic comedy Mr & Mrs Single (隱婚男女).

Sign up with your email address for our free weekly newsletter: