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Lost in Hong Kong, the latest comedy from Chinese hitmaker Xu Zheng, raced past $200 million at the Chinese box office over the weekend, grossing another $41 million. The movie will soon exceed its predecessor, Lost in Thailand, which pulled in a historic $208 million in 2012 and held the title for highest-grossing Chinese film ever for over two years.
Lost in Hong Kong achieved its muscular $41 million second weekend in the face of fierce competition, as audiences turned out in force during the Golden Week holiday period in China. Former art house darling Lu Chuan‘s big-budget sci-fi spectacle Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe came in just behind Lost with $34 million for the weekend, while comedy farce Goodbye Mr. Loser took $26 million.
Lost has grossed just shy of $205 million after 10 days, according to box office monitor Rentrak. Although the film may hit $300 million, it will have to make miracles to unseat Roman Hui‘s Monster Hunt as China’s all-time box office champ. Monster Hunt grossed $384.7 million after an unheard of 63 days on release, besting Furious 7‘s $380 million haul to become the highest-grossing film ever in China.
International Weekend 10/4/15
|1. The Martian||$45.2M||$45.2M|
|2. Lost in Hong Kong||$41.0M||$204.7M|
|3. Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe||$34.0M||$68.0M|
|4. Goodbye Mr. Loser||$26.0M||$37.0M|
|5. Hotel Transylvania 2||$20.4M||$59.8M|
|7. The Intern||$15.7M||$35.6M|
|8. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||$13.7M||$147.8M|
|9. Inside Out||$12.6M||$438.4M|
|10. Saving Mr. Wu||$7.0M||$13.5M|
Lost in Hong Kong is Xu’s follow-up, though not a direct sequel to, Lost in Thailand (2012) and Lost on a Journey (2010). Despite the similar titles and talent involved, each of the road movies has a completely independent storyline.
More detail and analysis to come tomorrow, in THR’s weekly China box office report.
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