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|WHERE ARE YOU GOING, DADDY suspects box office theft|
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The Lunar New Year 3D film THE MONKEY KING (SAI YAU GEI ji DAI LAU TIN GUNG)'s Mainland opening day broke 5 records, including the opening day box office of 122 million yuan RMB. Despite the box office success the film's word of mouth became a subject of talk, while the team also took a jab at the film WHERE ARE WE GOING, DAD? as "dog fart column series".
Two days ago on the Lunar New Year's Day, THE MONKEY KING opened in the Mainland with 122 million yuan RMB. It broke TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON's Mainland opening day 118 million yuan RMB box office record. THE MONKEY KING had China's opening day highest box office, the highest single day box office, the first Chinese film to break 100 million on its first day, the fastest Chinese film to reach 100 million. THE MONKEY KING's trend will impact AVATAR with a chance to set the 1.3 billion RMB box office record in the Chinese film market. After 3 days in release in Hong Kong, its cumulative box office was 5.93 million.
The "Strongest in the Universe" Donnie Yen Chi Tan was very excited to learn about the box office. "The film's good performance is the result of hard work from the cast and the crew. I will continue to work hard to make good movies, I will be even stronger!" Chow Yun Fat thanked the boss for investing in a special effect epic that took 3 years to produce and the crew for overcoming hardship with their abilities. He said, "Thank you Chi Tan for going above and beyond for us actors!" Kwok Fu Sing said, "The film has such a good box office, which is a great encouragement to the production team. As a part of the film I am very excited." He also said that their effort and perseverance have finally been confirmed. He hoped that the box office will continue to rise and set new records.
Director Soi Cheang Po Shui was confident that THE MONKEY KING would receive attention, but over 100 million yuan single day box office that broke the TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON first day box office record exceeded his expectation. He said, "TRANSFORMERS 3 is a foreign affair, THE MONKEY KING belongs to us Chinese. I am really very happy!"
Someone left criticism on THE MONKEY KING online page, citing the story as rotten and the special effects poor. "It's quite an ability to be able to edit a film so stiffly! Also, not all momentary high resolution is a monkey." The official site replied online, "At least this is a movie, with much more moral than those dog far column series that only took 5 days to shoot and dared to be put on the silver screen!" Meanwhile, WHERE ARE YOU GOING, DADDY's official site yesterday also issued a statement. It claimed that it discovered box office theft and called for online vigilance.