Warner Bros Pictures iscelebrating the success of its first ever Chinese-language film Turn Left,Turn Right which opened at the topof the Taiwanese box office over the weekend bringing its total to date of$3.2m.
The studio issued a pressrelease to trumpet its $0.637m opening on 79 screens in Taiwan. In Taipei, thefilm grossed $0.296m on 16 screens, some 90% higher than the second film in thecity.
Ironically, even though TurnLeft, Turn Right is a HongKong-produced film directed by Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai, the film is set in Taipei which might helpaccount for its local success.
The film has already postednumber one openings in Hong Kong and Malaysia; its Hong Kong and Taiwanopenings are records in both territories for US studio-distributed localproductions and the highest opening weekend for a Johnnie To film.
'We've made astrong commitment to creating and distributing quality Chinese-language films,so we couldn't be more pleased with the opening results of Turn Left,Turn Right in Taiwan, Hong Kong,Singapore, and Malaysia, and have high expectations for the film'supcoming release in China,' said Richard Fox, executive vice president,international, for Warner Bros Entertainment.
The studio has worldwiderights to Turn Left, Turn Rightexcept in Singapore where it co-distributed with Raintree Pictures. The film isscheduled to open in China on Oct 24.
Starring Takeshi Kaneshiroand Gigi Leung, Turn Left, Turn Right is based on the illustrated love story of the same name about a lonelyman and a lonely woman who live next door to each other but never meet. Afterthey do finally meet and fall in love, meddling acquaintances and bad luckconspire to keep them apart.