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Heart battles aliens at China BO
By Stephen Cremin
Wed, 06 April 2011, 17:40 PM (HKT)
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).