Wu Xia has RMB100m China opening
By Stephen Cremin
Tue, 12 July 2011, 23:30 PM (HKT)
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).
Beginning of the Great Revival
Cameo-studded blockbuster is a notch down on Republic but still a savvy big-screen experience.
Okay hospital horror boasts good technique but is let down by a weak script.
Survival-game horror quickie is poorly written but okay on a throwaway thrills level.
Night Market Hero
Likable but over-long and predictable heartwarmer about street hawkers battling big business.
Solid, well-crafted kidnap mystery with an especially fine performance by Anthony Wong.
Rest on Your Shoulder
Magical romantic fantasy is better suited for ingenuous youngsters than picky adults.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Fortune-cookie chinoiserie undercuts the novel's plus points.
Above-average Wong Jing production with a varied cast and some good action.
Sumptuously shot spin on the costume action genre has good performances but a slightly bumpy script.
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