‘Love Is Not Blind’ sweeps to top of Chinese box office chart
Posted on November 20, 2011, Sunday
HONG KONG: A big year for Chinese films just got even bigger thanks to a new comedy which has enjoyed the best opening by a locally made production for 2011.
Directed by Ten Hua-tao, ‘Love Is Not Blind’ picked up RMB188 million (RM93.4 million) over its first week to lead the box office charts in China, overtaking the historical epic ‘Beginning of the Great Revival’, which took RMB116 million (RM57.6 million) over its opening week in June.
The biggest overall opening in China this year was ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ which collected RMB401 million (RM199.3 million).
‘Love Is Not Blind’ is based on a famous Chinese blog which followed the story of a young wedding planner who found out her boyfriend was having an affair.
The film stars up-and-coming Chinese stars Bai Bai-he and Wen Zhang and is the director’s fourth production.
Its success forced the Hollywood actioner ‘Real Steel’ into second place with RMB57.8 million (RM28.7 million) while ‘Immortals’ made RMB33.7 million (RM16.7 million) over the three days of last weekend.
Japanese cinemagoers have meanwhile continued to flock to see the coming-of-age comedy ‘Once In A Blue Moon’, which has now reaped more than US$28.7 million (RM91 million) from six weeks of release to give nothing else a chance.
South Korea has made it a clean sweep for local productions across Asia’s major film markets as the schoolroom coming-of-age piece ‘Punch’ recorded just over 460,000 admissions – meaning more than four million tickets to the film have now been sold.
And things have not really changed in Hong Kong either, as the city made the Taiwanese rom-com ‘You Are the Apple of My Eye’ its box office champ for the fourth week in a row and the film has now made just on US$6.5 million (RM20.5 million) for its run. – Relaxnews