‘Painted Skin’ closes in on China’s all-time box office record
HONG KONG, July 13 — China looks all set to crown a new all-time box office champion as “Painted Skin: The Resurrection” continues to thrill audiences across the country.
The fantasy-based actioner — which stars Zhou Xun and Vicki Zhao — has collected an estimated ¥231 million (RM116 million) over the past week for a two-week total of ¥533 million, helping make the young Mongolian director Wuershan the toast of the nation.
Those figures put the second production in the Painted Skin franchise on target to reel in China’s previous box office champion, the Jiang Wen-directed action-comedy “Let The Bullets Fly”, which collected ¥656 million back in 2010, according to China Film Biz.
Total Chinese box office taking continue to rise
The news caps an impressive week for the Chinese film industry as a whole, with the release of half-year figures showing box office revenue had topped ¥7.74 billion, up an impressive 35 percent year on year.
Chinese cinemas played host to a stream of Hollywood blockbusters this year — with the three top-grossing films so far this year being “Titanic” 3D with ¥977 million, “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” with ¥649 million, and “The Avengers” with ¥576 million.
But Chinese cinema-goers are preparing for a stream of local productions over the next few months, led by Feng Xiaogang’s “1942”, Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” and Jackie Chan’s “Chinese Zodiac”.
Spider-Man reigns in Japan, falls in South Korea
In Japanese cinemas over the past week film fans have continued flocking to see The Amazing Spider-Man, adding US$4.5 million (RM14.4 million) to its coffers for a two-week total of US$20.75 million, according to Tokyo Hive.
“Spider-Man”’s run as the most popular film in South Korea was brought to an end, meanwhile, with the Park Jeong-woo-directed thriller “Deranged” taking top spot with just over 1.3 million admissions, according to Han Cinema.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” still accounted for admissions of 1.06 million for a total now of 3.6 million since it was released on July 3. — AFP/Relaxnews