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China Box Office: ‘Mermaid’ Swims to $481 Million Total

28 February 2016 11:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stephen Chow’s watery environmentalist fantasy “The Mermaid” topped the weekend box office in China and extended its all-time theatrical record.

The film soaked up a further $27.9 million over the Friday-Sunday weekend, a total that was three times that of second placed picture “Monkey King 2,” according to data from China’s Ent Group. That score pushes the cumulative for “Mermaid” to $481 million after 21 days, a total nearly $100 million ahead of last year’s “Monster Hunt” which previously held the record when it beat “Fast & Furious 7.”

(“Mermaid” also scored $675,000 in North America this weekend, extending its score to $2.02 million according to ComScore. That is one of the largest scores for a Chinese film in North America in recent years.)

The Monkey King 2” was released on the same day as “Mermaid” and now has a cumulative of $177 million, after 21 days.

Third place on the week, “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny »

- Patrick Frater

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Film Review: ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny’

27 February 2016 11:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What a lousy year for long-delayed sequels: It may not be a stink bomb of “Zoolander 2” proportions, but in many ways “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” feels like an even more cynical cash grab. Trading on the pedigree of Ang Lee’s 2000 Oscar winner but capturing none of its soulful poetry, this martial-arts mediocrity has airborne warriors aplenty but remains a dispiritingly leaden affair with its mechanical storytelling, purely functional action sequences and clunky English-language performances. The result has grossed a healthy $32 million in China so far and began its Stateside streaming release on Friday (while opening on about a dozen Imax screens), but regardless of how it fares, exec producer Harvey Weinstein’s latest dubious non-contribution to Asian cinema will add some quick coin but no luster to Netflix’s library.

The singular magic that made Lee’s film such a boundary-breaking triumph — it won »

- Justin Chang

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‘The Mermaid’ Becomes Highest-Grossing Film Ever in China

22 February 2016 5:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stephen Chow’s fishy fantasy “The Mermaid” comfortably won its second week at the Chinese box office and swam into the record books as the biggest film of all time released in China.

At the end of the weekend it stood at $415 million after 14 days of release, overtaking the previous records of “Monster Hunt” and “Furious 7,” both set last year. Estimates for Monday (Feb. 22) see it extending that score to $431 million.

In the past week it scored $139 million, ahead of $40 million for “The Monkey King 2” and $32.5 million for “The Man From Macau 3.” Both films were released the same day as “Mermaid,” the first day of the Chinese New Year holidays, and stand at $157 million and $152 million, respectively.

Over the three-day Friday-to-Sunday weekend, “The Mermaid” was again top, beating new release “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny,” which opened with $20.8 million in three days. That puts “Mermaid” on »

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