Magazine article Screen International

Journey Rules China Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Journey Rules China Box Office

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Stephen Chow's Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons smashed records in China over the Chinese New Year holiday period, grossing $93.5m (RMB583m) in its opening week.

The film broke records for the highest weekly gross for any film in China; the biggest opening day for a local production, grossing $12.3m (RMB76.85m) on Feb 10; the biggest single-day gross for any film released in China with $19.6m (RMB122m) on Feb 14; and also became the fastest film in China to reach $100m in box office, taking just eight days.

Village Roadshow Pictures Asia (VRPA) jointly financed and co-produced the film with Chow's Bingo Movie Development, Chinavision Media Group and Edko Films.

Chow has written, directed and produced the film, loosely based on Chinese classic Journey To The West, but this time does not star, leaving Huang Bo, Wen Zhang and Shu Qi to head the cast. …

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