Magazine article Screen International

IM Global Nets Stephen Chow's Box Office Hit 'The Mermaid'

Magazine article Screen International

IM Global Nets Stephen Chow's Box Office Hit 'The Mermaid'

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IM Global has picked up international rights to Stephen Chow's comedy The Mermaid, which grossed a record $41m on its opening day (Feb 8) in China.

Through its fast-growing Anthem division, IM Global has also picked up Zao Wang's The Precipice Game, produced by Shanghai-based Fundamental Films.

Released on the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday, The Mermaid's opening day box office is the biggest ever for a Chinese title and second only to Furious 7's $63m opening day haul. Sony Pictures will release the film in the US on February 19. IM Global has international rights outside of North America, UK, Aus/NZ and Asia.

Kept under wraps during much of its shoot, the zany comedy stars Deng Chao as a young tycoon whose plans to drive marine wildlife away from his island development are thwarted by a beautiful young mermaid. The cast also includes Lin Yun, Show Luo, Kris Wu and Kitty Zhang. …

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