The Great Hypnotist
Kammerspiel-like psychodrama between a doctor and patient doesn't realise its potential.
My Old Classmate
Charming but unoriginal schooldays romance is helped by good leads, notably actress Zhou Dongyu.
Some memorable action and strong supports elevate a weakly-scripted Donnie Yen vehicle.
That Demon Within
Part horror, part crime thriller is challenging but ultimately unsatisfying.
The Truth About Beauty
Scabrous satire on success and cosmetic surgery is a major showcase for actress Bai Baihe.
Under the Hawthorn Tree
A striking change of pace for director Zhang Yimou, with a sensitive love story during the Cultural Revolution.
Golden Era leads Asian Film Awards nominations
Southeast Asia sidelined at Macau event
Midnight After tops HK Film Critics award
Fruit Chan win Best Director
Transformers, Chickensss rule 2014 HK b.o.
Total box office experiences slight increase
Interstellar stays atop South Korea box office
Cart opens second-placed
Apes takes back China box office
Into the Storm opens third-placed
Huayi reports 2014 H1 earnings
35% year-on-year drop in revenue
Enlight Media reports lower profits
Year-on-year drop of 40% despite film hits
Film Bureau releases official 2014 numbers
China box office revenue up 25% in H1
Hollywood dominates Greater China in H1 2014
3-D Monkey King is top grossing film overall
Frozen extends winning streak in Japan
Pompeii opens fifth-placed
Edge of Tomorrow repeats sci-fi success in China
Hollywood domination continues into June
2014 China box office crosses RMB10 billion
Local films take 56% market share
Spider-man defeats Zhang Yimou in China
Coming Home opens second-placed
Coming Home has huge China opening
34% of all screenings nationwide
Spider-man swings to top of China box office
Aberdeen caught in boycott controversy
My Old Classmate works China's Labour Day
Spider-man sequel snags huge opening
Fatal Encounter has year's best opening
The Target third-placed in South Korea
Amazing Spider-man 2 spins HK record
Takes opening record set by Spiderman 3
Thermae Romae II makes splash in Japan
Frozen still number one at B.O.
Conan challenges Frozen's reign in Japan
Captain America fourth-placed
That Demon Within haunts HK Easter
Rio 2 third-placed
Transcendence runner-up at China box office
That Demon Within fourth-placed
Captain America fends off Korean newcomers
Broken opens second-placed
Midnight After clocks huge HK opening
Best non-holiday opening for local film this year
China box office up 29.3% in 2014 Q1
Domestic films take 65% share
Captain America commands China box office
Truth About Beauty is top local film
Peabody & Sherman tops China box office
Captain America number one in Taiwan
Clover takes dozen at FilMart
Singapore distributor stocks up on Chinese-language titles
5th Golden Horse Fantastic FF unveiled
That Demon Within to close fantasy festival
Lu Chuan joins Le Vision Pictures
Company's 2014 slate of 15 films announced
Aberdeen and Midnight After to open HKIFF
Jiang Wen, Filipino cinema, ICAC tributes
That Demon Within to close HKIFF
Hong Kong event to include additional Berlin titles
Dante Lam on his Demon Within
China, teamwork and musicals
Eternal Zero tops 5th week at Japan B.O.
Small 15% drop from last weekend
Berlin completes Panorama lineup
Section features strong Asian presence
China's biggest films refused Taiwan release
A Touch of Sin among films "banned" in Taiwan
Lost in Thailand secures Taiwan import quota
Release of Touch of Sin uncertain
Iceman defrosts at Cannes
3-D film sells to Asia and Middle East
Lost in Thailand is lost to Taiwan
Road movie comedy barred by quota
Guillotines undergoes 3-D conversion
We Pictures expands slate
Guillotines cuts swath of sales deals
We Distribution reveals Truth of Beauty
Sexploitation receives extra dimension
China 3D expands slate, technology use
Iceman frozen by Classmate at China B.O.
By Kevin Ma
Mon, 28 April 2014, 22:25 PM (HKT)
Co-produced by Taiwan's Star Ritz Productions Co Ltd 群星瑞智國際藝能有限公司 and China's Beijing Asian Union Culture & Media Investment Ltd 北京中聯華盟文化傳媒投資有限公司, the Frant GWO 郭帆 youth romance made RMB107 million (US$17.1 million) from approximately 3.24 million admissions on its first three days in cinemas. The film accounted for approximately 25.6% of all screenings on opening day Friday, but that number rose to 30.2% on Sunday.
This is the best opening weekend for co-star ZHOU Dongyu 周冬雨, who made her acting debut in ZHANG Yimou 張藝謀's Under the Hawthorn Tree 山楂樹之戀 (2010). The romantic drama opened with RMB45 million (US$7.2 million) and ended its theatrical run with RMB148 million (US$23.7 million).
My Old Classmate shares the same Chinese title as a popular song by musician and TV personality GAO Xiaosong 高曉松, who also produced the film. It is distributed by Beijing Enlight Pictures Co Ltd 北京光線影業有限公司, China's leading distributor in the first quarter of 2014.
Distributed by LeVision Pictures, LAW Wing-cheong 羅永昌's 3-D Iceman, co-produced by star Yen, made RMB69.6 million (US$11.1 million) from approximately 1.88 million admissions in three days. On Sunday, it made less half the box office of Classmate as its share of screens dropped from 31.9% to 28.7%.
Last year, Special ID 特殊身份 (2013) – also produced by and starring Yen – opened with RMB66.5 million (US$10.6 million) for a final box office total of RMB155 million (US$24.8 million). The second part of Iceman is set for theatrical release in October.
In its third weekend, 20th Century Fox Animation's Rio 2 (2014) dropped to third place. With an additional RMB29.2 million (US$4.67 million) over the weekend, the 3-D animated comedy has made RMB198 million (US$31.6 million) in 17 days. China is now the top-grossing international territory for the film.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) dropped to fourth place, making RMB26.6 million (US$4.25 million) in its fourth weekend for a current gross of RMB671 milion (US$107 million) after 24 days on release.
With a week-on-week drop of 68%, Dante LAM 林超賢's That Demon Within 魔警 (2014) made RMB16 million (US$2.56 million) in its second weekend. After 10 days in cinemas, the psychological thriller has made RMB97.6 million (US$15.6 million).
Entering cinemas on 29 Apr in time for the three-day Labour Day holiday is Leste CHEN 陳正道's The Great Hypnotist 催眠大師 (2014). The Wanda Media Co Ltd 萬達影視傳媒有限公司 release stars XU Zheng 徐崢 and Karen MOK 莫文蔚 as a renowned hypnotist and his mysterious new patient.
There will be early previews of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) on 30 Apr, but the film doesn't officially open until 4 May, after the holiday.
In Hong Kong, That Demon Within was the top film for the second consecutive weekend, making an additional HK$3.34 million (US$430,000) from 41 locations. After 10 days on release, the Emperor Motion Pictures 英皇電影 release has made HK$14.2 million (US$1.83 million).
Hollywood comedy The Other Woman (2014) was the top new film, making a total of HK$2.96 million (US$382,000) from 34 locations in its first four days in cinemas and last weekend's early previews.
Yen's Iceman was originally set for release in Hong Kong over the extended Easter weekend. However, distributor China 3D Digital Entertainment Ltd 中國３Ｄ數碼娛樂有限公司 abruptly postponed its official release to last Friday in order to comply with the day-and-date release agreement as stipulated by the film's China distributors.
In its first three days of official release, Iceman – released in 2-D and 3-D in Hong Kong – made just HK$918,000 (US$118,000) from 31 locations. Including the eight days of preview shows, Iceman has made a total of HK$4.22 million (US$545,000).
From 36 locations, Special ID opened with HK$3.01 million (US$388,000) and made a total of HK$8.00 million (US$1.03 million).
In their first four days, Japanese sci-fi horror Bilocation バイロケーション (2013) and Aubrey LAM 林愛華's The Truth About Beauty 整容日記 (2014) made HK$533,000 (US$68,700) and HK$154,000 (US$19,900) from 12 locations each.
Scoring the biggest opening weekend of the year in Taiwan, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made NT$46.1 million (US$1.52 million) on its first five days in Taipei cinemas. Sony Pictures reported that the superhero sequel made a total of NT$125 million (US$4.13 million) nationwide.
In 2012, the original The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) film opened with NT$36.9 million (NT$1.22 million) in Taipei and an estimated NT$108 million (US$3.57 million) nationwide.
The only new local film this weekend was Mazu Procession 媽祖迺臺灣 (2014), starring and co-directed by musician-actor Richie REN 任賢齊. The documentary made NT$460,000 (US$15,200) from 20 screens in Taipei.