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Nicholas Tse Ting Fung and Jay Chou (Chow Kit Lun) gave their all in the Emperor Motion Picture THE VIRAL FACTOR (YIK JIN) and their hard work paid off! Yesterday it opened and already made 400,000 at the box office before noon as its admission rate was over 90%. With the three day advanced screening it made 1.2 million, a conservative estimate of the cumulative box office so far it might already have broken the 2 million mark. It even was on top of the Malaysia box office and the top Chinese film in Singapore. Since other Lunar New Year films I LOVE HONG KONG 2012 (2012 NGOR OI HK HEI SEUNG GA HEI) made 440,000 and ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 2012 (BAK SING PO HEI) made 400,000, the victory was overwhelming.
Director Dante Lam Chiu Yin honestly said that he was satisfied with the performance so far but he remained nervous. Yesterday he even stayed by his computer to "check numbers". "Although the Mainland box office is very important, Hong Kong ultimately is my home. Losing would be unreasonable." Ting Fung earlier even boasted that he wanted to challenge the Sky100 outer wall. Lam Chiu Yin said that after the film's box office exceeded 10 million, he would begin to plan the sequel.
In addition, a self proclaimed Chow Kit Lun fan posted on Lam Chiu Yin's microblog. The fan bought a ticket to THE VIRAL FACTOR in the Mainland, but the ticket that came out was for THE FLOWERS OF WAR. The worker even changed the title with a pen, which upset her very much. Lam Chiu Yin responded, "Actually such situations are often heard of. I really don't know where the box office would go. If you ask me of course I am worried about its effects. Hopefully the authority will focus some attention to this."