Stephen Chow’s comedy movie, Journey to the West <西游降魔篇> accumulates RMB 78.85 million in its premier in China. It has also broken the box office record of the Chinese films and smashes the Painted Skin: The Resurrection’s <畫皮2> record of RMB 68 million last year.
Although Stephen remains behind the scene for the Journey to the West, he has a star-studded cast of Chinese actors, Huang Bo, Wen Zhang; Hong Kong sexy goddesses, Shu Qi, Chrissie Chau; Taiwan’s pop star, Show Luo. Stephen also added his signature comedy touch and hilarious lines into the movie, making it a definite watch for the festive season.
However, Journey to the West receives lukewarm response in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Although Journey to the West tops the Chinese films box office in Hong Kong, beating Hotel Deluxe <百星酒店> and I Love Hong Kong 2013 <2013我愛HK恭囍發>, its box office only rakes in HKD 7.27 million. It loses to Bruce Willis’ movie, A Good Day To Die Hard and sits at the second spot.
In Taiwan, Journey to the West only manages to take in NT$15 million and loses out to local comedian, Chu Ke-liang’s movie David Loman <大尾鱸鰻> which astonishingly rakes in NT$200 million in the box office.
Source: Sina, Mingpao, Apple Daily
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