The 3D fantasy adventure Monster Hunt has earned a massive 1.27 billion yuan ($205 million) within its first 10 days of release, surpassing Lost in Thailand to become the highest-grossing Chinese-language film in history.
The film, which combines live-action scenes with CGI monsters, was directed by Raman Hui, co-director of Shrek 3. The movie broke the opening weekend record for a domestic film and became the fastest Chinese film to reach the 1.05 billion ($169 million) milestone, completing the feat in just eight days.
Lost in Thailand, a 2012 low-budget filmed directed by Xu Zheng, previously held the record in domestic box office earnings.
Xu congratulated the success of Monster Hunt in a post to his Weibo account on Sunday, writing: “Records are set to be broken… Go ahead, Chinese movies”.
Still, US film Fast & Furious 7 remains the highest-grossing film in China, bringing in nearly $400 million all together.
By Maggie Wong