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Wu Xia has RMB100m China opening

Wu Xia has RMB100m China opening

By Stephen Cremin

Tue, 12 July 2011, 23:30 PM (HKT)

Box Office News

Peter CHAN 陳可辛's period martial-arts drama Wu Xia 武俠 (2011) has taken RMB101 million ($15.6 million) after seven days on release in China.

The figure is comparable to Chan's last film as a director. The Warlords 投名狀 (2007) made RMB80 million ($12.4 million) in its first five days in cinemas, ending its run six weeks later with RMB199 million ($30.8 million).

Wu Xia pushed Beginning of the Great Revival 建黨偉業 (2011) into second-place. The political epic made RMB31.3 million ($4.8 million) last week; by Sunday night it had taken RMB348 million ($53.9 million).

In third place, WONG Jing 王晶's costume comedy Treasure Inn 財神客棧 (2011) starring Nicholas TSE 謝霆鋒 and Nick CHEUNG 張家輝 added RMB26.9 million ($4.2 million) in its second week in cinemas. It has now made RMB81.4 million ($12.6 million).

Another new entry last week was Rico CHUNG 鍾繼昌's Mysterious Island 孤島驚魂 (2011) starring Mini YANG 楊冪. The low-budget horror-thriller made RMB24.3 million ($3.8 million) in three days this weekend, attracting teenagers and students.

Island's numbers represent the largest opening yet for China's burgeoning horror genre. The biggest hit so far is Midnight Beating 午夜心跳 (2010), released in October, which made RMB31.3 million ($4.8 million) in five weeks.

Released on the same day as Island, Jacob CHEUNG 張之亮's Rest on Your Shoulder 肩上蝶 (2011) starring CHEN Kun 陳坤, GWEI Lun-mei 桂綸鎂 and Gigi LEUNG 梁詠琪 made RMB6.80 million ($1 million). It was shown in the director's preferred cut.

Outside the top ten, Wayne WANG 王穎's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 雪花秘扇 (2011) starring LI Bingbing 李冰冰 and Gianna JUN 전지현 | 全智賢 made RMB2.4 million ($370,000) in its third week. It has grossed RMB35.2 million ($5.4 million).

New cinema releases so far this week include Chinese 3-D animation Legend of a Rabbit 兔俠傳奇 (2011), Hong Kong thriller Punished 報應 (2011) and Taiwan's ensemble comedy Night Market Hero 雞排英雄 (2011).

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