Zhang Yimou's $45m Curse Of The Golden Flower topped the box office in
Following its record-breaking opening in
The most up-to-date figures, including New Year weekend grosses, won't be available until Thursday, but the film appears to be on its way to becoming the biggest local production of all time at the Chinese box office. That record is currently held by Hero, also directed by Zhang, which grossed $30m (RMB240m) following its release in Dec 2002.
In a competitive week at the
Curse Of The Golden Flower was also released in
Curse was also the top film in Taipei over the two-day Christmas weekend, grossing $420,000, although it fell more than 50% the following weekend when Night At The Museum opened with a weekend haul of $1.3m.
However, the film's high screen count in
Confession Of Pain, which secured around one third the number of screens, has grossed about $5m (RMB40m) to date, while Still Life has mostly been consigned to daytime screenings.
SilviaWong in Singapore, Sen-lun Yu in Beijing and Stephen Cremin in Taipei also contributed to this report.