China Box Office: 'Monster Hunt' Breaks Opening Weekend Record for Domestic Film

Monster Hunt Still 2 - H 2015
Courtesy of Edko Films

The 3D live-action/CGI fantasy epic grabs a huge $109 million in its first four days of release.

Monster Hunt, the homegrown fantasy epic, has broken the opening weekend record for a domestic film at the Chinese box office, bringing in a massive $109 million (RMB 669 million).

The $40 million 3D film, which mixes live-action with CGI monsters, also set records for the biggest opening-day gross ($26.45 million) and biggest single-day gross ($29.84 million) for a Chinese film, vaulting the marks set by The Monkey King in 2014. Monster Hunt also grabbed $8.7 million from Imax screens, yet another record.

Set in a world where monsters and humans co-exist, Monster Hunt tells the story of Wuba, a monster born to be king. Wuba becomes the central figure in stopping an all-out monster civil war. 

Produced by Hong Kong's Edko Films, Monster Hunt is directed by Raman Hui, who co-directed Shrek The Third, and stars an ensemble cast of Hong Kong and Chinese actors, including Jiang Wu, Eric Tsang, Elaine Jin, Tang Wei, Sandra Ng and Bai Baihe