Resurrection maintains box office lead
By Stephen Cremin
Tue, 10 July 2012, 20:10 PM (HKT)
Wuershan 烏爾善's 3-D action-fantasy-romance Painted Skin: The Resurrection 畫皮Ⅱ took RMB228.5 million (US$35.9 million) in China last week. It has grossed RMB526.7 million (US$82.7 million) after 11 days on release.
Previous record-breaking local films, Aftershock 唐山大地震 (2010) and Let the Bullets Fly 讓子彈飛 (2010), made RMB414.0 million (US$65 million) and RMB382.3 million (US$60.0 million) respectively after 11 days in cinemas in 2010.
In Hong Kong, Resurrection took HK$4.16 million (US$536,000) in its first four days. It came in just ahead of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, also opening, that made HK$4.09 million (US$527,000). The Amazing Spider-Man remains at number one.
In China, CHEN Kaige 陳凱歌's contemporary drama Caught in the Web 搜索 (pictured) opened strong, taking RMB44.9 million (US$7.05 million) in three days. Action drama Wu Dang 大武當之天地密碼 took RMB20.0 million (US$3.14 million).
Taiwan action-comedy Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault 痞子英雄首部曲：全面開戰 has now made RMB89.5 million (US$14 million) in China. In Taipei, it made only NT$37.4 million (US$1.26 million) on release earlier this year.
Two local animations based on online game worlds are also performing well. Legend of the Moles: The Treasure of Scylla 摩爾莊園２：海妖寶藏 and Seer 2 賽爾號２：雷伊與邁爾斯 have taken RMB15.45 million (US$2.42 million) and RMB30.2 million (US$4.74 million) in their first and second week on release respectively.
No Hollywood film opened last week. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax and Abduction (2011) are now scheduled to open on 27 July; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) has been pushed back to 2 August.
Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises are expected to open head-to-head in China in late August.
Long-limbed drama is surprisingly moving without being a simple tearjerker.
Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault
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Caught in the Web
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Let the Bullets Fly
A richly entertaining Oriental Western anchored by a well-honed, ironic script and terrific performances.
Painted Skin: The Resurrection
Slick fantasy vehicle for three Mainland stars is in a different league to the 2008 film.
Light action-adventure works OK as family fare but not much more than that.
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