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Magicians steal the top of the China box office


Magicians steal the top of the China box office

By Kevin Ma

Mon, 14 October 2013, 23:55 PM (HKT)


Box Office News

Despite opening almost five months later than the rest of the world, Now You See Me topped the China box office this holiday weekend.

The Hollywood caper, about a group of magicians who pull off an elaborate heist, opened on Thursday and made RMB60.1 million (US$9.81 million) in its first four days of release.

Also off to a solid start is LI Weiran 李蔚然's Love Will Tear Us Apart 我想和你好好的. Starring real-life couple NI Ni 倪妮 and William FENG 馮紹峰, the romance opened on Saturday and made RMB31.9 million (US$5.21 million) in its first two days.

In 2010, Li's directorial debut, comedy Welcome to Shamatown 決戰剎馬鎮 (2010), opened with RMB22 million (US$3.59 million) in its first six days of release for a total of RMB50.3 million (US$8.21 million).

Both Love will Tear Us Apart and Now You See Me each accounted for approximately 24% of all screenings nationwide.

In its third weekend, TSUI Hark 徐克's Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon 狄仁杰之神都龍王 made an additional RMB42.4 million (US$6.93 million). After 16 days on release, the 3-D period fantasy has made RMB542.8 million (US$88.7 million), surpassing the director's own Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 龍門飛甲 (2011) to become the ninth highest grossing domestic film of all time.


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