Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons is off to a fantastic start at the Chinese box office. Director Chi-Kin Kwok's film managed $12.7 million on its first full day of release, pushing it to the top of the Feb. 4-Feb. 10 weekly chart after just one day.
Cloud Atlas wasn't too far behind. The sci-fi/fantasy flick added $10.1 million, pushing its total to $21.4 million. There's still a chance that Cloud Atlas' China haul could surpass its $27 million North American total.
Skyfall fell to third place with $6.4 million. The spy flick is now up to $57.3 million in China.
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Records are made to be broken at the Chinese box office these days.
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons pulled in $12.5 million on its first day of release, breaking the record previously held by Painted Skin 2.
AMC estimates that Lost in Thailand will gross $29,143 from 35 locations during its first weekend of release in North America. $9,098 on Friday, $11,791 on Saturday and $8,254 on Sunday.
Deadline's Mike Fleming reports that Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters has landed in the nurturing hands of The Weinstein Company. TWC has acquired all rights in the US and English-speaking Canadian territories from Annapurna Pictures, and rights to Australia, New Zealand and the UK from Wild Bunch.
The Grandmaster's box office total in China is a solid $45.3 million, but the film's run has been overshadowed by the recent release of two Hollywood heavyweights: Skyfall and Cloud Atlas.
Wong Kar Wai's last feature-length film to open in North America was 2007's My Blueberry Nights, a drama that featured performances by Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz and Norah Jones. My Blueberry Nights tallied only $867,142 stateside.