'Forbidden Kingdom' rules Chinese boxoffice

Opened at No. 1 in territory over the weekend

SHANGHAI -- "The Forbidden Kingdom" followed its No. 1 debut in the U.S. by opening at the top of the Chinese boxoffice Friday.

The film is the first time that martial arts stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li appear together onscreen.

"A collaboration between Jackie Chan and Jet Li has been long anticipated, and we knew this would create the highest interest in the film amongst Chinese territories," Cecile Bee, director of international sales and co productions at Huayi Brothers & Taihe Film Investment Co., Ltd., the film's distributor in greater China, told The Hollywood Reporter. "The stars and the mixture of Chinese stories and Hollywood production values contributed to its success."

The film, a U.S.-China co-production, grossed 65 million yuan ($9.3 million) in China on its opening weekend. Huayi Brothers expects the film to earn at least 200 million yuan during its monthlong theater run in China.

"We expect this success will encourage more co-productions," Bee said.
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