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Lost finds box office glory in China

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By Stephen Cremin

Thu, 20 December 2012, 11:25 AM (HKT)

Box Office News

Mainland comedy Lost in Thailand 人再囧途之泰囧 (2012) has broken a series of box office records in China, including best December opening and the highest admissions and box office income for a domestic film on a single day.

The road movie opened on 12 Dec with RMB39.0 million ($6.26 million), setting a record for a Wednesday release. In its first five days, to Sunday night, it had taken more than RMB300 (US$48.2 million) in China.

According to sales agent Golden Network Asia Ltd 嘉聯娛樂亞洲有限公司, the box office income on Saturday, 15 Dec, set records for a Mainland film, taking RMB92.9 million ($14.9 million) on 2.78 million admissions.

Although official box office numbers will not be available until next week, it is now estimated to have exceeded 14 million admissions by last night, with box office at approximately RMB450 million ($72.2 million) after eight days on release.

The story, directed by and starring comic XU Zheng 徐崢, travels from Bangkok to Chiang Mai as business rivals within the same company track their boss to secure the paperwork that will secure their financial futures.

The film stars Xu and HUANG Bo 黃渤 as the two business rivals and WANG Baoqiang 王寶強 as a kind-hearted travel companion that Xu picks up en route after losing his passport, who leads him to question his life's priorities.

Despite a similar cast, it is not an official sequel to the critically acclaimed Lost on Journey 人在囧途 (2010), which is preparing an official sequel with a script by YANG Qing 楊慶, the director of One Night in Supermarket 夜・店 (2009).

The box office of Thailand demonstrates the recent success of actors who have gone behind the camera as directors.

Thailand has taken the box office record for a debut director from WANG Lee-hom 王力宏's Love in Disguise 戀愛通告 (2010), who had himself secured the record from Jay CHOU 周杰倫's Secret 不能說的秘密 (2007).

Thailand faces strong competition today with the release of Jackie CHAN 成龍's CZ12 十二生肖 (2012) and Andrew LAU 劉偉強's The Guillotines 血滴子 (2012). It had occupied 50% of the screening slots nationwide.

Lost in Thailand is financed and distributed by Beijing Enlight Pictures Co Ltd 北京光線影業有限公司, who have had a strong year at the box office with The Four 四大名捕 (2012) and critically with awards for Beijing Blues 神探亨特張 (2012).

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