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Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok Fu Sing starred in the film THE MONKEY KING (SAI YAU GEI ji DAI LAU TIN GUNG), which after 3 days of release in the Mainland accumulated over 300 million RMB at the box office. Sun Wukong has become the fastest box office gold mine in the history. THE MONKEY KING opened on the Lunar New Year's Day and broke TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON's 121.78 million yuan highest opening day box office with 122 million and the highest single day box office record. The film after 3 days in release accumulated 310 million yuan and set the fastest to reach 300 million yuan in China box office record. WHERE ARE YOU GOING, DADDY? accumulated 251 million RMB and was hot on THE MONKEY KING's tail.
Yen Chi Tan was called the box office "gold inhaling monkey". He joked that he just did his best. The title was just everyone's generosity, proving that his effort was not wasted. Yen Chi Tan said that he would be even happier if all Lunar New Year films had good box office. Blossoming with variety would be a good thing, he hoped that the Year of the Horse would bring even more and better films to viewers. When he played Sun Wukong he had to wear long and sharp fake teeth that kept him from closing his mouth while bruising his gum. He said that the memory was painful, but the audience acceptance of his interpretation and the box office performance were worth all his hard work.
As for the Hong Kong box office (ending February 2), THE MONKEY KING was no match for Sandra Ng Kwan Yu's GOLDEN CHICKEN SSS (GUM GAI SSS) and the Chow Yun Fat and Nicholas Tse Ting Fung starred FROM VEGAS TO MACAU (DOH SING FUNG WON). GOLDEN CHICKEN SSS led with HK$17.27 million. FROM VEGAS TO MACAU tightly followed with 16.24 million. THE MONKEY KING made 12.2 million. HELLO BABIES (LUK FUK HEI SI) made 9.34 million. GOLDEN CHICKEN SSS director Matthew Chow Hoi Kwong last night announced the latest box office on facebook. As for 7:32PM the film has already exceeded 20 million at the box office.
Sing Sing appeared on the Cable program Film Montage. Speaking of working with Chow Yun Fat and Yen Chi Tan, he became "Bull Demon King" possessed as he said in a deep voice to display his Demon King presence, "I want to kill them!" In the film he and Fat Gor were at war, sparks flew from their collaboration. Sing Sing said that Fat Gor was a god class actor, he was not pleased with just one collaboration as he hoped to work with him again on COLD WAR 2 (HONG JIN 2). He also worked with Yen Chi Tan for the first time. When the "Dance King" and the "Martial Art Grand Master" dueled, Sing Sing appreciated Yen Chi Tan for bringing the magic monkey to life as they exchanged admiration.
Reportedly Filmko is already planning a sequel that will start production in September with the addition of the Venerable Monk Tang, Piggy and Sandy. At the end of THE MONKEY KING, Goo Jai narrated the film and already hinted that he will play Tang. Reportedly Mainland hunk Huang Xiaoming will play Piggy. In the story the Tang Monk and his disciples including Sun Wukong headed west to retrieve scriptures, ran into demons on the way and had to eliminate them.
Filmko boss Alex Wong Hoi Fung said, "Right now we are focused on THE MONKEY KING box office. Will we make a sequel? When? Who will direct? I really haven't thought about it. Wait until when it is actually confirmed for production, then we will naturally notify you."