Film takes in $29 million in 19 days

BEIJING — “Painted Skin,” the pan-Asian co-production that is Hong Kong’s contender for the 2008 foreign-language Oscar, has taken 200 million yuan ($29 million) in just 19 days of release.

Pic, a fantasy yarn about a woman who eats the hearts of her lovers, has really struck a chord with Chinese auds. It took $2.2 million on its opening day in China, given a wide release during the Golden Week holiday, and is going from strength to strength, with a forecast B.O. of $37 million within 40 days.

This makes helmer Gordon Chan the fifth member of the Chinese elite group of directors who have passed the psychologically significant 200-million-yuan threshold, alongside Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Peter Chan and John Woo.

“Painted Skin” is a China, Hong Kong and Singapore co-production, with international sales repped by Eastern Mordor.

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