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Journey breaks China single-day BO record


Journey breaks China single-day BO record

By Stephen Cremin

Fri, 15 February 2013, 17:55 PM (HKT)


Box Office News

Stephen CHOW 周星馳's Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 西游 降魔篇 broke single-day box office records in China yesterday, taking between RMB116 million (US$18.6 million) and RMB122 million (US$19.6 million) on Valentine's Day.

The previous record holder was Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) with RMB112 million (US$18.0 million) on a single day on release in July 2011. Michael Bay's film ended its run with RMB1.11 billion (US$178 million) in China.

After five days in cinemas, it is already the tenth highest grossing Chinese-language film of all time in China. It will likely overtake If You Are the One II 非誠勿擾Ⅱ (2010) and The Founding of a Republic 建國大業 (2009) today to be eighth-placed.

The three-highest grossing Chinese-language films at the Mainland box office were all released in the past twelve months. Chow's film has no major competition until the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) next Friday.

Also performing strongly is Leste CHEN 陳正道's romantic comedy Say Yes! 101次求婚, taking approximately RMB44 million (US$7.1 million) yesterday. In three days, it has grossed approximately RMB73 million (US$11.7 million).

Say Yes!, a feature film adaptation of Fuji Television Network Inc フジテレビジョン's television drama 101st Marriage Proposal 101回目のプロポーズ (1991), stars LIN Chi-ling 林志玲 opposite HUANG Bo 黃渤. Huang also co-stars in Journey to the West and Lost in Thailand 人再囧途之泰囧 (2012), China's biggest domestic hit.

 

ALL-TIME CHINA BOX OFFICE (CHINESE-LANGUAGE FILMS ONLY)

  1. Lost in Thailand (人再囧途之泰囧) — RMB1.25b (US$200m)
  2. CZ12 (十二生肖) — RMB869m (US$139m)
  3. Painted Skin: The Resurrection (畫皮Ⅱ) — RMB727m (US$116m)
  4. Let the Bullets Fly (讓子彈飛) — RMB674m (US$108m)
  5. Aftershock (唐山大地震) — RMB665m (US$107m)
  6. The Flowers of War (金陵十三釵) — RMB597m (US$95.6m)
  7. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (龍門飛甲) — RMB543m (US$86.9m)
  8. If You are the One II (非誠勿擾Ⅱ) — RMB483m (US$77.3m)
  9. The Founding of a Republic (建國大業) — RMB420m (US$67.3m)
  10. Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (除魔傳奇) — RMB417m (US$66.8m)

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