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Published On: Fri, Mar 21st, 2014

‘Beijing love story’ wins big after record Valentine’s Day

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The romantic comedy grossed $33.15 million in its first four days, while “Frozen” was Hollywood’s top performer with $17.38 million over the same period, Hollywood Reporter has said.

Gritty realist drama from China may be winning prizes overseas and wowing international audiences, but the romantic comedy ‘Beijing love story’is the movie doing big business at home, taking $33.15 million in its first four days after opening — on Valentine’s Day.

The Chinese New Year holiday officially ended on February 14, but there was plenty of gas left in the tank to give China’s box office a boost in the week ending February 16.

In the week that Diao Yinan won the Golden Bear in Berlin for his ice-cold film noir, Black Coal, Thin Ice, Chinese audiences flocked to commercial romantic comedies over the Lunar New Year holiday.

Beijing love story is Chen Sicheng’s directorial debut, a spin-off from the popular Chinese TV series, presenting a complex series of intertwined love stories.

The film set a single-day record for a 2-D film in China with its Valentine’s Day opening of $16.1 million. Reality TV adaptation ‘Where Are We Going, Dad’ held the prior record for just two weeks, after it opened huge at the start of the Lunar New Year holiday.

With an ensemble cast featuring Feng himself, Tony Liya, Wang Xuebing, Yu Nan, Liu Haoran, Nana Ou Yang and Tony Leung, the movie has gone down well on the mainland after its day-and-date release, clocking up 118,236 screenings with 5,642,550 admissions.

Beijing Love Story just edged out Hong Kong director Poi Soi Cheang’s record-breaking 3D fantasy epic ‘The Monkey King’, which took $31.15 million during the same period, for a sum of $158.20 million after 17 days.

Wong Jing’s The Man from Macau, featuring Hong Kong legend Chow Yun-fat, took $23.43 million for a sum of $67.95 million.


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