“Ip Man 3” Breaks $40 Million In Hong Kong
Hong Kong martial arts epic Ip Man 3 <葉問3> has been scoring top results in the Hong Kong box office since its Christmas release, breaking $40 million HKD this past weekend in Hong Kong alone.
The action film, which stars Donnie Yen (甄子丹) reprising his role as the legendary wing chun grandmaster Ip Man, opened in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia on Christmas Eve. The film was an immediate commercial success, shooting down Star Wars: The Force Awakens from its top spot on the weekend box office, breaking Star Wars’ number one chain. According to producer Raymond Wong (黃百鳴), Ip Man 3 also broke box office records for a Chinese-language film in Malaysia.
On Saturday, supporting actors Max Zhang (張晉) and Patrick Tam (譚耀文) made an appearance at a movie theater with Raymond Wong to thank the moviegoers for their support. Both Max and Patrick are thrilled to hear the movie being a success, but a box office bonus seems to be out of the question for them.
“You need to be careful when dealing with bonuses,” said Max. “We never really talked about them when we first started doing the film, but I will definitely ask for a red envelope.” Will Max make sure to discuss about box office bonuses in his contract when he films another movie for Pegasus Motion Pictures? “[Raymond Wong] takes care of all of his actors. Hopefully I’ll have the fate to work with him again.”
Max said he learned a lot from the film, and is very happy to be able to work with Donnie Yen. “Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to fight Mike Tyson,” the actor added. “His fists are two times larger. Even his head is two times larger. But his fights are indeed very powerful, and it livened up the film.”
Ip Man 3 will be opening to a limited released in the United States on January 22, 2016 and a wide release in Mainland China on March 1, 2016. Due to the lack of competitors that month, Ip Man 3 is expected to achieve favorable results when it releases in China.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.