Hong Kong summer blockbuster DragonTiger Gate has earned more than $3m from six territories across Asia in its firstthree days of release.
After its July 28opening, the action film scored the biggest three-day opening for a Chinesefilm in Hong Kong this year, raking in $700,000 (HK$5.4m) on 52 screens.
Released by Beijing Polybona Film Publishing, Dragon Tiger Gate alsoopened top in China where it pitted against Mission:Impossible II, which was in its second weekend and grossed US$1.9m (RMB 15m)on approximately 500 screens over three days.
Hong Kong's Mandarin Films chairman Raymond Wong and Beijing Polybona CEO Yu Dong are co-producers along with industryveteran Nansun Shi. The $10m film, adapted from abeloved Hong Kong manga of the same name, marks thefirst co-production between the two companies.
It also took the top spotin Malaysia, through distributor Golden Screen Cinemas, with $300,000 (RM1.1mn)on 50 screens while Singapore through Eng Wah added $270,000 (S$428,718)on 30 screens.
Also included on theday-and-date release were Thailand through M Pictures and Indonesia through PT Teguh Bakti Mandiri. The Taiwaneserelease is scheduled for this week.
The Weinstein Companyhas picked up all English-speaking territories to the film, directed by WilsonYip and featuring Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse and Shawn Yue as three martial arts masters. It was also sold to Japan's Gaga for release in 2007.