Cinema-goers overachieved this Lunar New Year’s Day, with box office takings on Monday outdoing last year’s single-day record by 78%. Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid dominated with the best opening-day performance for a Chinese film ever.
According to EntGroup data, box office gross on Monday totalled 660 million yuan ($100.5 million), with The Mermaid taking most of that profit at $40.9 million. It’s set an opening-day record in the country for a Chinese-language film, and is second only overall to the opening-day performance of Furious 7 last year.
A distant runner-up to The Mermaid was Chow Yun Fat’s The Man From Macau 3, which raked in $26.9 million.
And a close third place was The Monkey King 2, at $25 million.
Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 has already faded from the spotlight, grossing just $2.9 million on NY Day. It also saw a 70% slump in performance in its second weekend, pulling in a mere $15.1 million from Friday to Sunday.
But while the top three enjoyed a combined screening total of 186,718 on Monday, Kung Fu Panda 3 was disadvantaged with just 9212 showings. Overall it’s achieved $106.3 million over an 11-day period.