Film fails to match first day takings of 'Part I'
HONG KONG – “Red Cliff: Part II,” the second installment of John Woo’s period extravaganza, registered a strong opening day gross of HK$1.7 million ($220,000) at the Hong Kong box office.The film, about an epic battle fought in 3rd century China, is handled in Hong Kong by Edko Films on behalf of Mei Ah Entertainment. The $80 million pan-Asian co-production premiered Thursday on an ultra wide 73 screen release. The Tony Leung- and Takeshi Kaneshiro-starrer’s opening day grosses beat the previous 2009 record of $152,000 taken by Media Asia’s much anticipated cop thriller, “Lady Cop and Papa Crook” on New Year’s Day. However, “Cliff: Part II” failed to match the tremendous first day takings of the first “Cliff,” which scaled $257,500 on 60 screens in July 2008. The first “Cliff” ended its Hong Kong theatrical run with a cume of $3.13 million. In China, where the pic was released last week, “Part II” exceeded RMB100 million ($14.6 million) in its five day opening weekend.