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.

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