China Box Office: Andy Lau Takes The Charts By FIRESTORM

James Marsh, Asian Editor
Andy Lau proves his cinematic clout yet again, with his latest action drama, Firestorm, recording a huge opening in China, while local product continues to dominate the chart.

Rank Title Origin 9-15/12/2013 (US$M) Total (US$M) Screening days
1 Firestorm HK/China $27.02 $27.05 4
2 No Man's Land China $13.63 $35.92 13
3 The Four 2 China $10.70 $25.22 10
4 The White Storm HK/China $7.30 $35.45 17
5 Gravity USA $2.96 $70.12 27
6 Epic USA $1.26 $7.36 17
7 The Hunger Game: Catching Fire USA $0.77 $27.75 25
8 Welcome to the Punch UK $0.31 $1.16 10
9 Rhythm of the Rain Taiwan/China $0.16 $0.16 3
10 Return The Money China $0.12 $0.12 3

Firestorm, directed by Alan Yuen, and starring Andy Lau, Gordon Lam and Hu Jun, scored a massive RMB165 million 4-day opening on the mainland, helped in part by higher-priced 3D ticket sales. The film, which tells the story of a dedicated cops efforts to take down a gang of violent thieves, opens in Hong Kong this week, and features unprecedented scenes of carnage on the city's streets. Its takings dwarfed those of Ning Hao's No Man's Land, which managed just RMB82 million in its second week.

Gordon Chan's The Four 2 and Benny Chan's The White Storm both continued to hold the 3rd and 4th spots respectively, ahead of Hollywood big hitters Gravity, Epic and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. However, Firestorm has already taken more than The Four 2, and looks set to usurp The White Storm's take this coming weekend.

More Chinese heavyhitters are on their way as we enter the holiday season. New Year comedy Personal Tailor, starring Ge You and He Bai Bai opens on 19 December, Jackie Chan's latest action thriller, Police Story 2013, co-starring Jing Tian and Liu Ye, opens on the 24th, while South Korean supernatural romance A Werewolf Boy also gets a mainland debut on 19 December.

Around the Internet:
  • TheAngryInternet

    Local product will dominate the chart for the rest of the month. December is a traditional "domestic protection month" and the only imports are basically just burnoffs—Welcome to the Punch has no stars and no hype, Werewolf Boy was supposed to be out a couple of months ago (and Korean films usually don't do well here anyway), and Olympus Has Fallen (due on the 29th) has been delayed so many times it's become a joke. So many local big guns open in December precisely because they don't have to worry about opening opposite a big Hollywood release. This December's import lineup is at least a little better than last December's, when there was just The Artist and Deranged.

  • Qinlong

    I doubt there's Huang Bo and Zhao Wei in Police Story 2013, though they might have been rumored at some point...

  • marshy00

    Yeah, my bad. Not a project I've been payin much attention to, TBH. Jackie Chan just irritates me these days. Anyway, cheers for the correction - amended.

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