CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time walloped John Woo’s The Crossing: Part 1 on its opening weekend in China, grossing $33.07m in its first three days.
Produced by Beijing Galloping Horse, Fleet Of Time racked up 5.9 million admissions on its opening weekend and has grossed a total of $36.43m including advance ticket sales. Starring Eddie Peng and Ni Ni, the film is a coming-of-age story about a group of friends in China in the 1990s and 2000s.
The Crossing: Part 1 grossed $18.62m from 2.8 million admissions in its opening six days. Starring Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Song Hye-kyo, the romantic epic revolves around an ill-fated ship that sank during the crossing from mainland China to Taiwan in the 1940s. The sinking is depicted in The Crossing: Part 2. Beijing Galloping Horse invested in the film, while Le Vision Pictures is handling Chinese distribution.
Meanwhile, Pang Ho Cheung’s Women Who Flirt came in third over the week December 1-7, according to EntGroup figures, grossing a further $13.73m for a cumulative gross of $27.07m. Interstellar took in a further $9.76m for a muscular cume of $118.82m.
Penguins of Madagascar came in fifth with $4.30m for a cume of $37.03m and was followed by Rise Of The Legend, also starring Eddie Peng, which grossed $2.69m for a cume of $28.41m; and Brad Pitt vehicle Fury, which took $2.26m for a cume of $17.32m. Both Rise Of The Legend and Fury have been on release for 17 days.
Rounding out the top ten, The Galaxy On The Earth took $980,000 for a cume of $3.54m; while Autómata, starring Antonio Banderas, and local opener Tomb Robber both took $700,000.
The next big release over the competitive year-end period is Jiang Wen’s Gone With The Bullets, which is scheduled to open on December 18, although the film’s premiere was cancelled on Monday due to censorship issues. Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain and Gu Changwei’s Love On The Cloud are both scheduled for December 24.