The film is the biggest Chinese-language release so far in 2008.
Opening on Thursday April 3, Three Kingdoms was jointly released by China Film Group and Polybona in mainland China, with 500 prints and 200 digital copies in theatres across the country. The opening day gross is $1.28m (RMB9m).
Starring Andy Lau, Maggie Q, Sammo Hung and Jiang Hongbo, Three Kingdoms is a period action film based on the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms which is 600 years old. Lau plays legendary general Zhao who fights against the warlord Cao Cao. The film is a co-productionbetween Hong Kong's Visualizer, Korea's Taewon Entertainment, China Film Group and Polybona.
The strong first weekend gross of Three Kingdoms also marks another good box office performance of a co-production period drama. Earlier in March, another co-production An Empress And The Warriors also had a strong first weekend gross with $2.67m (RMB18.7m). The film is co-produced by Hong Kong's BIG Pictures and Polybona.It was released in China with 400 prints and 300 digital copies.
The total gross of An Empress And The Warriors reached $6.08m (RMB42.6m) up to April 1. It was the best-selling Chinese film released in March.