Chen’s conventional, but light, martial arts action drama earned a solid $38.2 million in four days from 5.83 million admissions, according to data from Ent Group. The picture has many of the ingredients for success – it is based on a well-known series of novels, has a starry cast that includes Aaron Kwok, supermodel turned actress Lin Chiling, and “Lost in Thailand”’s Wang Baoqiang, playing against type.
The film also benefits from the annual summer blackout period which is largely reserved for the releases of new Chinese titles. With the period starting in mid-June this year, new Hollywood films seem unlikely to be released until the end of July.
The waning competition from Hollywood saw “Jurassic World” lose 50% and slide to third place as it scored $19.6 million in its third full week of release. After 26 days it has taken $226 million.
Chinese-financed action comedy “Hollywood Adventures” shed only 29% in its second week and climbed one place to second spot. It earned $19.8 million and advanced its 10 day cumulative to $47.6 million.
“SPL2: A Time For Consequences,” the Hong Kong made action franchise picture in its third week on release managed $12.5m, down 62% on the previous week. After 18 days its total has reached $87.7 million.
Derek Yee’s “I Am Somebody,” the comedy drama about film extras that last month opened the Shanghai film festival, opened its commercial campaign with $6.68 million in fifth spot.
It beat another Chinese newcomer “Chang Chen Ghost Stories,” which opened in sixth with $2.01 million. Previews of “Monkey King: Hero is Back” were enough to put next week’s opener in eighth spot with a $1.57 million score.
Splitting the two was “San Andreas” which eeked out $1.87 million in seventh spot. Its cumulative score stands at $103 million after 31 days. “Insurgent,” in ninth place earned $1.54 million, for a 17 day total of $17.7 million.