If You Are the One II
Sequel is more melancholy, but gets by with film technique and on-screen chemistry.
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
| 西游 降魔篇
After the lame CJ7, Stephen Chow finally bounces back as a comic writer-director.
Lost in Thailand
Reteaming of lead actors from road comedy Lost on Journey is more hyper but cleverly crafted.
Odd-couple rom-com is weakly written and lacks any chemistry between its leads.
Nikkatsu, Toho-Towa launch Asian label
Journey to the West is first release
The Asian films driving global box office
Charting the Asian films that Asians want to watch
ChinaVision reports profit surge in 2013
Alibaba acquisition, co-productions in 2014
Mainland cinema's new maturity
Films by debut directors among highlights of 2013
Grandmaster leads HK Film Award nominations
11 for Unbeatable, 9 for Rigor Mortis
China B.O. up 27% in 2013
Domestic films take 59% market share
Ah Boys to Men 2 tops Singapore 2013 B.O.
Four local films in top ten Chinese films
China B.O. passes RMB20 billion in 2013
Domestic films take 55% share
Hong Kong cinema's identity crisis
Is localisation the future of Hong Kong film-making?
China box office up 35% in 2013
Local films' revenue grows 93.8% year-on-year
Location Face-off: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia
Experience, incentives and facilities attract shoots
Grandmaster leads Golden Horse nominees
Five including Ilo Ilo tied with 6 nominations
The Stolen Years awakes atop China box office
Unbeatable top Hong Kong film of 2013
Huayi forecasts 300% rise in profits
Television, talent and theatrical up in 2013
China box office up 36% in H1 2013
Domestic films secure 62.3% market share
Hong Kong BO growth slows in 2013
Box office revenue up 1.43% in first half of 2013
So Young enters China's all-time top ten
Local films take 7 of 10 top spots
Iron Man 3 breaks China opening day record
Superhero film crosses RMB100m in a day
Lost in translation
Selling and marketing Chinese-language films overseas is becoming trickier
Taiwan cinema: north or south?
Will the island's industry finally embrace China?
Local films score at BO around Asia
Journey, Boys, Miracle, Loman, Assassin dominate
Hollywood maintains grip on HK CNY
Die Hard conquers Stephen Chow's Journey to the West
Journey to the West conquers China
Comedy secures opening day record for a local film
Xu joins one billion club
Road movie comedy crosses US$160m on New Year's Day
Theme park pact for Chow, ChinaVision
Partners extend range of joint interests
Chinavision takes Chow's Journey
Equity sliced thinner, 5-pic co-investment deal
Village confirms cash for Asia film
VREG to produce up to 8 films per year
Local revenues boom for South Korean films
KOFIC data: BO climbs, NEW is No 3 distributor
Love stronger than Steel
Chinese comedy opens on $30m
Village Roadshow Asia announces first titles
China-Hollywood bridge allies self with Zhang, Kong, Chow
Summer sizzles at HK box office
Releases tumble as blockbusters dominate
Sunny rises against the machines
Director's cut of Korean drama released today
Confusion continues as Indonesia nears distribution restart
Loose ends include contracts, logistics and politics
Sunny shines again
Korean drama reclaims top spot from Panda
Journey breaks China single-day BO record
By Stephen Cremin
Fri, 15 February 2013, 17:55 PM (HKT)
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)
- Lost in Thailand (人再囧途之泰囧) — RMB1.25b (US$200m)
- CZ12 (十二生肖) — RMB869m (US$139m)
- Painted Skin: The Resurrection (畫皮Ⅱ) — RMB727m (US$116m)
- Let the Bullets Fly (讓子彈飛) — RMB674m (US$108m)
- Aftershock (唐山大地震) — RMB665m (US$107m)
- The Flowers of War (金陵十三釵) — RMB597m (US$95.6m)
- Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (龍門飛甲) — RMB543m (US$86.9m)
- If You are the One II (非誠勿擾Ⅱ) — RMB483m (US$77.3m)
- The Founding of a Republic (建國大業) — RMB420m (US$67.3m)
- Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (除魔傳奇) — RMB417m (US$66.8m)