China Box Office: 'Lost in Hong Kong' Surges Past $200 Million

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The film will soon surpass its predecessor, 'Lost in Thailand', which grossed $208 million in 2012, the most ever for a Chinese film at the time.

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.

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.