Wanda Media’s Beijing Love Story topped the China box office last weekend, grossing $33.15m in three days, according to figures compiled by EntGroup.
The film grossed around $16m on its opening day of Valentine’s Day (Friday, Feb 14), setting a new record for the highest single day gross for a 2D film in China.
The directorial debut of actor Chen Sicheng, whose credits include Lou Ye’s Spring Fever, the film revolves around five couples of different ages who are facing different challenges in their lives. The ensemble cast includes Tony Leung Ka-fai, Carina Lau and Siqin Gaowa.
Chinese New Year hit The Monkey King was knocked into second place last week (Feb 10-16) but still managed to add $31.15m to its $158m box office haul. Gambling comedy The Man From Macau, also starring Chow Yun-fat, came in third with $23.43m for a total of $67.95m, while Disney animation Frozen came fourth with $17.38m for a cumulative total of $31.69m.
The second biggest hit over Chinese New Year, reality TV show adaptation Dad, Where Are We Going?, dropped to fifth position last week, grossing an additional $15.11m for a total of $109.7m. Huayi Brothers’ Ex Files took $6.46m for a total of $15.49m after 17 days and claimed sixth position in the chart.
Also opening on Valentine’s Day were romantic comedy Unexpected Love, which grossed $2.57m, and Hong Kong director Flora Lau’s drama Bends, which took $1.75m.