Monday (12/24/12) Update: 20th Century Fox has updated the Chinese total to $90.8 million.
Sunday (12/23/12) Update: 20th Century Fox reports that Life of Pi crossed $90 million for its theatrical run. The film's run in China ends today.
Sunday (12/16/12) Update: 20th Century Fox estimates that Life of Pi grossed $6.9 million in China over the weekend. The stirring drama is now sitting pretty with $84.3 million in China, which is by far the strongest market the film has opened in. India is in a distant second with $12.2 million. Life of Pi now ranks #12 on the all-time list behind Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D.
The Chinese box office is experiencing a serious boom at the end of the year.
China Film Biz reports that Jackie Chan's CZ 12 (formerly known as Chinese Zodiac 12) opened to an impressive $6.8 million on Thursday, setting a new single-day record for December.
Friday Update: Lost in Thailand has reportedly grossed an impressive $72 million as of December 19. The film currently ranks in 13th place on the Chinese all-time highest grosses list behind Men in Black 3 with $82.7 million. The comedy is expected to reach $100 million at the Chinese box office, an accomplishment that only two other Chinese films can brag about: Painted Skin 2 and Let the Bullets Fly.
Tuesday Update #2: China Film Biz reports that Lost In Thailand holds the following Chinese box office records: Best all-time Wednesday opening for any film, Best opening day in December, Biggest single day in December, Biggest opening week in December, Best opening week for a locally made film, Best opening week for any 2D movie.
Tuesday Update: Lost in Thailand opened to a staggering $47.7 million in China during the week of 12/10-12/16. The comedy debuted on 12/12, so it is on pace to top the seven-day record of $47.8 million set by Painted Skin 2. The $58 million record-setting opening Titanic 3D posted earlier this year will be safe. Lost in Thailand is a follow-up to the 2010 film, Lost on Journey. The sequel focuses on three friends who get lost in Thailand. Mayhem ensues. Sound familiar?
Life of Pi fell to second place after spending two weeks on top. The 20th Century Fox release added another $15.7 million for a total of $84.6 million in China. China is easily the #1 foreign market for Life of Pi, with India ranking in a distant second at $12.2 million.
Back to 1942 continues to hold up well. The historical drama took in another $10.2 million for a cume of $54.9 million in China.
Hong Kong's My Sassy Hubby finished in fourth place with $1.5 million, pushing its cume to $3.3 million. The Cantonese-language comedy is clearly being overshadowed by Lost in Thailand.
The Last Supper rounded out the top five with $1.04 million, which puts it at $11.8 million.
The trailer has been released for Saving General Yang, an upcoming Chinese historical epic directed by Ronny Yu. The film is based on the Chinese legend of the Yang clan, in which seven brothers battled to save their father’s life. The cast includes Ekin Cheng, Adam Cheng, Xu Fan and Raymond Lam.
The story of the Yangs has been eulogized for hundreds of years in Chinese society. It details the exploits of the Yang military family, recounting the unflinching loyalty of the Yang family heirs. 'Saving General Yang' places the focus on how the seven sons of the Yang family combined their efforts to rescue their father...
Saving General Yang is due for release across Hong Kong in the first quarter of 2013.