Stellar opening for Starry Night in Taipei
By Stephen Cremin
Mon, 07 November 2011, 18:50 PM (HKT)
Tom LIN 林書宇's Starry Starry Night 星空 (2011) had a strong opening weekend in Taipei, taking NT$7.0 million ($234,000) over the three-day weekend. The children's fantasy is a co-producton with Hong Kong and China.
Night placed second to Hollywood science-fiction film In Time, on NT$12.9 million ($430,000). In third place, on NT$5.9 million ($197,000), Real Steel has now taken NT$111.1 million ($3.7 million) in the capital.
Still in the top ten, Warriors of the Rainbow I: Sun Flag 賽德克・巴萊：太陽旗 (2011) and Warriors of the Rainbow II: Rainbow Bridge 賽德克・巴萊：彩虹橋 (2011) have now taken a combined NT$322 million ($10.7 million) in Taipei. Part one of the aborigine war epic still represents 60% of the films' box office on NT$195 million ($6.5 million).
Another local film, You Are the Apple of My Eye 那些年，我們一起追的女孩。 (2011) dropped out of the Taipei top ten after three months in cinemas. By Sunday night, the youth drama had taken NT$178 million ($5.9 million) in the capital.
While Apple is the second-highest grossing local film in Taipei this year, placed after the first Warriors film, it has emerged as the highest grossing Chinese-language film in Hong Kong this year with HK$42.2 million ($5.4 million) after 18 days on release.
Apple has claimed this year's record from 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy 3D肉蒲團之極樂寶鑑 (2011). The erotic action-drama had taken HK$40.6 million by 30 Jun 2011, two-and-a-half months after its mid-April opening.
Another Asian film that has performed strongly in both Hong Kong and Taiwan is Rajkumar HIRANI's 3 Idiots थ्री इडीयट्स (2009). In Hong Kong this weekend, it crossed HK$15.0 million ($500,000) after two months on release. It made NT$15.2 million ($505,000) in Taipei after screening in cinemas for six months.
3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy
Okay but over-long costume hijinks that turn rather dark in the second half.
Starry Starry Night
Disappointingly conventional tale of two lonely 13-year-olds, short on charm and drama.
Warriors of the Rainbow
Original, two-part version of the Taiwan epic is a substantial undertaking.
You Are the Apple of My Eye
Likable but lightweight compendium of high-school romances, well cast and slickly packaged.
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