After a successful opening weekend during the Lunar New Year season, Donnie Yen’s (甄子丹) The Monkey King <西遊記之大鬧天宮> has continued to reign at the box office. Nineteen days after its release on January 31, it officially broke 1 billion RMB in ticket sales, becoming the third movie to do so in Chinese film history.
Since its first day in theaters, The Monkey King has been breaking box office records left, right, and center. It was the first Chinese film to break 100 million RMB on its first day, as well as the highest-grossing film on Lunar New Year in Chinese movie history. Apart from setting box office records for first-day sales, single-day sales, and first-weekend sales, The Monkey King also led box office sales for fourteen consecutive days.
Despite going against romantic blockbusters tailor-made for the combined Valentine’s Day and Lantern Festival holiday, The Monkey King still managed to hold on to a second-place box office ranking, nineteen days after its initial release. The film has raked in more than 1 billion RMB in sales, making it the third Chinese film to break 1 billion RMB after the 2012 comedy Lost in Thailand <人再囧途之泰囧> and the 2013 action-comedy Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons <西游•降魔篇>.
Apart from mainland China, The Monkey King has also enjoyed a successful release in 32 other countries and regions, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore, where ticket sales have totaled 16 million USD so far. The film’s producers hope that after The Monkey King opens in Japan, Korea, North America, South America, and Europe, the film will break the Chinese-film worldwide sales record previously set by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon <臥虎藏龍>, which grossed 230 million USD.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.