Warner Bros' firstMandarin local-language co-production Turn Left Turn Right enjoyed a strong Hong Kong bow at the weekend, whenit scored the biggest ever opening for a local production distributed by a USmajor.
The romantic comedy openednumber one on an estimated $808,398 (HK$6.3m) from 38 prints overthe mid-autumn festival session, drawing 132,073 admissions.
It was the fourth biggestopening ever for a local romantic comedy title, the year's biggestfour-day opening for a romantic-comedy and the third biggest four-day bow ofthe year for a local production.
Turn Left Turn Right opened second in Malaysia on an estimated $81,121(local currency 309,387) from 17 prints. The distributor said it finished aheadof US openers Sinbad And The Legend Of The Seven Seas and Identity.
It opened second inSingapore on an estimated $280,273 (S$492,572) on 26 screens, an impressivefeat for a Chinese film. It was only 7% behind the second weekend gross of thereigning international champion, Pirates Of The Caribbean.
Warner Bros produced TurnLeft Turn Right in association withRaintree Pictures of Singapore and Hong Kong's Milkyway Image Co. It hasworldwide distribution rights except for Singapore, where it co-distributeswith Raintree.
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