Singapore, France major winners at Golden Horse
Ilo Ilo wins best film, Grandmaster most awards
So Young enters China's all-time top ten
Local films take 7 of 10 top spots
Cold War freezes out rivals at HK Awards
Police action drama dominates proceedings
Lost in translation
Selling and marketing Chinese-language films overseas is becoming trickier
Emperor makes leap into exhibition
Partnership with UA targets mainland China market
Bullet, War lead HK Awards nominations
Close race for top titles
Avengers tops 2012 Singapore BO chart
CZ12 becomes top Asian film of all time
Grandmaster has masterful BO debut
Lost in Thailand closes in on $200m
China BO exceeds RMB17 billion
Local production surges
China loses ground as BO surges
Local films' market share slips below 50%
Hollywood holds Hong Kong holidays
Three day box office up 4.63% on 2011 numbers
Chan's CZ12 reclaims BO
Chinese weekend very strong
Huayi thinks big
Seven forthcoming titles to be released in IMAX format
Asia to have subtle market influence
Economic trends flow in region's favour; yet to be reflected in market
Anticipated films lock China dates
Inseparable and Seediq Bale in May; Wong Kar-wai's Grandmaster in December
Huayi has high hopes for hefty slate
Production lineup includes prequels, 'greater China' talent
CZ12 tops $130m box office
By Patrick Frater
Wed, 09 January 2013, 13:15 PM (HKT)
Since releasing in China on 20 Dec 2012 it has scored RMB720 million ($116 million) to 6 Jan 2013. That feat has required two consecutive weeks of $37 million-plus performances. It has since become the second highest grossing Chinese language film of all time.
It has done well around much of the Asia region with Malaysia adding $5.75 million (MR17.6 million), Singapore contributing $3.67 million (S$4.5 million), Thailand $1.55 million (฿47.6 million and Vietnam $1.35 million (VND28.4 billion).
In Hong Kong, for many years Chan's adopted home, the film managed a somewhat weaker $1.38 million (HK$10.7 million). Unlike China, the film faced stiff competition for screens and eyeballs from Hollywood titles, notably The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and Les Misérables (2012).
But it is also possible that Hong Kong audiences have tired of the troublesome star, who recently irked many with his comments about Hong Kong people having too much political freedom. He is also a controversial figure in Taiwan.
"What is a good date for China is not necessarily a good time for Hong Kong. So when picking a release date we have to ask ourselves what is a film's primary market," said a source close to major investor and Hong Kong distributor Emperor Motion Pictures 英皇電影.
In Taiwan, where the film was released on 28 Dec 2012, it has amassed NT$7.31 million (US$252,000) in Taipei, and an estimated $600,000 nationwide, in a ten day run to 6 Jan 2013. It was sixth-placed on opening weekend.
Later this month CZ12 is set to add other regional openings in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines and Russia.