Glossy comedy-drama on yuppie relationships only partly fulfils its promise.
The Last Tycoon
Superbly tooled piece of popular entertainment centred on '30s Shanghai crime-lords.
The Monkey King
The CGI outperforms the humans in an action-packed version of the pesky ape's youth.
Where Are We Going, Dad?
Cinema spin-off of a Mainland TV reality show is a footnote for local fans only.
Enlight Media reports lower profits
Year-on-year drop of 40% despite film hits
Pokemon defeats Ghibli at Japan box office
When Marnie was There opens third-placed
Film Bureau releases official 2014 numbers
China box office revenue up 25% in H1
Maleficent takes second weekend in Japan
Local youth romance opens second-placed
Market share of South Korean films plummets
Foreign films secure record admissions
Maleficent dethrones Frozen in Japan
Best opening for a live-action foreign film this year
Hollywood dominates Greater China in H1 2014
3-D Monkey King is top grossing film overall
Frozen wins 16th round at Japan box office
World of Kanako opens fourth-placed
Samurai comedy Frozen-out at Japan B.O.
300 sequel opens fifth-placed
Where are We Going sequel set for 2015
Original cast returns in unofficial follow-up
Frozen momentum cooling in Japan
Noah opens second-placed
Frozen extends winning streak in Japan
Pompeii opens fifth-placed
X-Men and Monsterz fail to stop Frozen in Japan
Frozen now 3rd in all-time ranking
Bona announces Q1 2014 results
56.2% increase in profits
Bolt From the Blue top local film in Japan
Frozen now Japan's fourth highest grossing film
2014 China box office crosses RMB10 billion
Local films take 56% market share
Frozen fever continues in Japan
Gundam film opens third-placed
Vegas to Macau II leads Mega-Vision slate
Sequel set to start production June
Frozen tops Japan B.O. for tenth weekend
Thermae Romae II holds second place
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
Crows Zero sequel explodes at Japan B.O.
Frozen on top for fifth weekend
Midnight After clocks huge HK opening
Best non-holiday opening for local film this year
Pang Ho-cheung's Aberdeen to open Udine
Thermae Romae II to close Italian festival
China box office up 29.3% in 2014 Q1
Domestic films take 65% share
Frozen refuses to melt at Japan box office
One Third opens eighth-placed
Frozen spends 3rd weekend atop Japan B.O.
Kamen Rider film third-placed
Frozen continues Japan reign
13% week-on-week increase
Huayi debuts high-profile titles at FilMart
Lineup includes three from 2013 H-Plan
Frozen heats up Japan box office
Best opening gross of 2014
Frozen joins South Korea's 10 million club
First animation, second foreign film to cross milestone
Bona profits up in 2013
16% year-on-year increase
Smaug rules over China box office
Beijing Love Story takes 73% drop
Monkey King joins billion yuan club
3rd Chinese film to cross China box office milestone
Miss Granny stays young at South Korea B.O.
High concept comedy crosses 7 million admissions
Beijing Love Story feels the love at China B.O.
RMB200 million in 4 days
Beijing Love Story resets China 2-D record
New Valentine's Day B.O. record
Monkey King maintains reign at China B.O.
New release Frozen fourth-placed
Golden Chickensss leads HK lunar box office
15% year-on-year increase
Monkey King has record opening in China
Where Are We Going, Dad? close on admissions
Boonie Bears atop China B.O. for second weekend
Takes record as China's highest grossing animation
The Attorney joins 10 million club
South Korean drama is ninth local film to cross admissions milestone
Shu Ra Ra Boom to open Yubari
Obayashi Nobuhiko's new film to close genre festival
China's biggest films refused Taiwan release
A Touch of Sin among films "banned" in Taiwan
Police Story 2013 tops China B.O.
Personal Tailor passes RMB500 million
Firestorm tops Xmas B.O. in Hong Kong
Frozen top foreign film; 11% year-on-year increase
Enlight adapts father-son reality show to film
Set for Lunar New Year opening
Local films fill China December line-up
New Feng Xiaogang, Ning Hao, Jackie Chan films
Mega-Vision close deals on Vegas to Macau
AFM lineup includes Once Upon a Time in Shanghai
Celestial Tiger signs new output deals
TV rights for movie channels in three territories
SPL2, Wolf Totem get China govt green light
New films by Gu Changwei and Wong Jing also approved
Chinese films corner December dates
Police Story joins Personal Tailor and Monkey King
High profile Chinese films lock dates
Dates for Badges of Fury, The Palace, My Lucky Star and Monkey King
Monkey King heads record-breaking New Year
By Kevin Ma
Sat, 08 February 2014, 09:30 AM (HKT)
The year of the horse got off to a prosperous start for the Chinese film industry with two record-breaking openings during the 7-day Lunar New Year holiday.
After shattering opening day records, fantasy film The Monkey King 西遊記之大鬧天宮 made a total of RMB619 million (US$102 million) from approximately 12.4 million admissions over the seven-day holiday. The RMB500 million (US$82.5 million) film accounted for about 30% for all screenings nationwide.
However, Beijing Enlight Pictures Co Ltd 北京光線影業有限公司's Where Are We Going, Dad? 爸爸去哪兒 was the true surprise of the holiday. From approximately 14.3 million admissions, the feature-length version of the hit reality show made RMB474 million (US$78.1 million) on its first seven days of release.
In addition to setting a new opening day record for a 2-D film, Dad has also set a new record as China's highest grossing documentary of all time. Like the television show, the film version features five celebrity fathers completing a mission with their children. The film was reportedly shot over five days in a Guangzhou safari park.
However, Dad has also come under attack from film critics, who criticised Enlight and filmmakers (including producer TENG Huatao 滕華濤) for simply putting a television reality show in cinemas. Director XIE Dikui 謝滌葵 has since defended the film to local media, accusing critics of undermining the hard work of the crew.
WONG Jing 王晶's From Vegas to Macau 賭城風雲 was a distant third, grossing RMB182 million (US$30 million) on its first seven days of release. It has already surpassed The Last Tycoon 大上海 (2012)'s RMB149 million (US$24.6 millon) gross to become the Hong Kong director's highest grossing film in Mainland China.
Despite a weak RMB5.65 million (US$932,000) opening, Huayi Brothers' EX-Files 前任攻略 maintained steady throughout the holiday. After seven days on release, the romantic comedy has made RMB42.9 million (US$7.07 million), despite having only 5% of all screenings for most of the holiday period.
Opening on 5 Feb, in time for the final two days of the holiday, Disney's Frozen made RMB34.5 million (US$5.7 million) from approximately 934,000 admissions on its first two days of release.
According to local media, total box office revenue for the holiday is approximately RMB1.41 billion (US$232 million). This represents a year-on-year increase of 86%. Total admission is estimated at 39 million from 84,300 screenings.
With a combined gross of RMB1.09 billion (US$180 million), The Monkey King and Where Are We Going, Dad? had a combined 77.5% market share. Both films topped the global box office chart over the weekend just from their domestic gross.