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.
China's genre revolution
Uncharted waters of the Mainland's movie renaissance
Weinstein Co sets Wu Xia release
Dragon finally set to fly in hybrid outing
APSA nominations spread thinly
Hill top at selection stage
Terracotta army puts on victory parade
HK films showcased in London
NY Asian Festival powers up
Premieres, prizes and retro presentations
Simple Life tops HK awards
Speeches warn of HK industry peril
Separation wins Asian Film Awards
Deanie Ip also continues her winning streak
Deauville announces Asia prizes
Specialist festival wrapped on Sunday
Chinese movie channel to launch from March
Edko, We, Huayi joint venture takes to the air
Bullets still flying at HK Film Awards
Films by Jiang Wen and Tsui Hark receive 13 nominations each
Osaka lines up diverse competition
Japan premiere of Wu Xia to close festival
AFA nominations headed by Greater China mega titles
South Asia titles in supporting role, South Korea almost edited out
Fajr picks Asian 8
Iranian festival pulls back the veil
Flowers passes box office milestone
Zhang epic rates as 2011 top Chinese film
Asian films in scores race
Six pictures in Oscars chase
Simple Life, Seediq Bale ride off with Golden Horse prizes
Mainland Chinese films sidelined at Taiwan award show
Seediq and Bullets head Horse race
Taiwan talent recognised in local and Mainland films
Always and Mother bookend Busan
Boxing romance to open South Korean festival
Summer sizzles at HK box office
Releases tumble as blockbusters dominate
Island closing gap with Wu Xia
Horror/thriller is number two at China box office
SARFT announces H1 BO report
Chinese films increase market share
Revival has strong but disappointing opening
Political epic crosses RMB100m milestone in first week
Wu Xia sets out Asia battle plan
Martial arts action film readies pan-regional releasing campaign
China's Revival gets IMAX boost
Epic is second non-English giant screen title
ScreenSingapore's red carpet unrolls
Chinese stars brings glamour to opening night
Secret Fan starts co-ordinated Cannes campaign
Murdoch, Sloan in BFF double act
Tang leaves Party early
Wu Xia star's scenes cut from political epic.
Cannes announces minor-key Asian line-up
Official Selection includes two Japanese, three Korean titles
Mei Ah gives Palace royal treatment
Mysterious Island set for May release
Snow Flower ploughs on without Zhang
Filming gets underway despite cast upheavals
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).