Zhang Yimou's Curse Of The Golden Flower grossed$12.3m (RMB96m) on its four-day opening weekend in mainland
The film opened on Thursday,Dec 14 on 826 prints, jointly distributed by Hong Kong-based Edko Films, ChinaFilm Group and Beijing New Picture Films.The number of film prints also broke the record for film releases in
Before Golden Flower, the highest first weekend gross for a local film wasset by Chen Kaige's 2005 film The Promise,which took $9.6m (RMB75m) from 600 prints. Prior to that, Stephen Chow's Kung-fu Hustle raked in $8.1m (RMB63.4m) on its opening weekend, Zhang Yimou's 2004 House Of Flying Daggers grossed $7.8m(RMB61m), Feng Xiaogang's The Banquet took $6.8m (RMB53.3m) and Hero,also directed by Zhang, made $6.7m (RMB52.4m).
Sony Pictures Classics willgive Curse Of The Golden Flower aplatform release in
The film will also open in
Produced by Beijing NewPicture Films and Edko Films, the $45 million period drama stars Gong Li, ChowYun-fat and Taiwanese pop singer Jay Chou. Set during the Tang dynasty, ittells the story of a power struggle within the royal family and a coup in theimperial chamber.