The Monkey King, the most recent film installment based on Wu Chen-en’s classic Journey to the West tales, raked in a whopping 216 million RMB ($35.4 million USD) within the first two opening days.
Variety reports that because much of China is shut down for the holiday, the box office data is still preliminary, but an overseas tracking agency called Rentrak has estimated that the film brought in a $46 million USD cumulative total within the first three days of its release (Friday to Sunday).
The Hong Kong-made production directed by Soi Pou-cheang and starring Donnie Yen, Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok, enjoyed a 30% market share and beat off TV show adaptation “Dad, Where Are We Going?” Released only in China “Dad” scored RMB171 million ($28 million) to Saturday according to local data, and $34 million through Sunday, according to Rentrak estimates.
The film scored particularly strongly on the huge circuit of IMAX screens in China. Opening on 140 IMAX Middle Kingdom screens it kicked off with a $1.8 million opening day, beating the $1.5 million score of “Iron Man 3.” IMAX estimates that it will complete the weekend with a $4.5 million cume.
“Specifically, Friday is now our biggest IMAX day ever, for either a Hollywood or Chinese title,” IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster, told Variety.
The film screened across seven different provinces on its opening day, January 31. Watch the trailer:
Looks like all the recent Monkey King hype has delivered.