|MERMAID easily reaches 2.1 billion RMB in the Mainland|
|MERMAIDS breaks HK$ 30 million over 8 days in Hong Kong|
|Wong Jing congratulates Stephen Chow on heading for the box office record|
|FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3|
|THE MONKEY KING 2|
|Stephen Chow, Deng Chao|
courtesy of mingpao.com
The Stephen Chow Sing Chi directed MERMAID (MEI YUN YU) kept reporting good news in the Mainland. 9 days after its Lunar New Year's Day release (as of yesterday, February 16 at 7PM) its cumulative box office has already passed 2.1 billion yuan RMB to become the Mainland Lunar New Year film champion. It broke MONSTER HUNT's 2 billion yuan RMB over 24 days record last year and headed for 3 billion and the highest grossing Chinese film record. As for February 15 in Hong Kong it has already made over HK$ 30 million over 8 days to become the Hong Kong Lunar New Year film champion and even broke his JOURNEY TO THE WEST: CONQUERING THE DEMONS (SAI YAU GONG MOR PIN) total box office; FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3 (DOH SING FUNG WON III) made HK$ 22.5 million while THE MONKEY KING 2 (SAI YAU GEI ji SUEN NG HUNG SAM DA BAK GWUT JING) made HK$ 14 million.
Although Chow Sing Chi did not act in MERMAID, it was still attractive in the Mainland. Currently MERMAID is already in third place in the Chinese film box office history. First place was 2.438 billion RMB of MONSTER HUNT last year; in second place was the 2.426 billion yuan RMB of FAST AND FURIOUS 7 last year. Conceivably MERMAID would not have any difficult with breaking MONSTER HUNT's record to become the Chinese film box office champion. FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3 and THE MONKEY KING 2 made over 800 million yuan RMB in the Mainland.
MERMAID's Kitty Zhang Yuqi was happy about the film's success. As for how she would celebrate, she said, "The best reward would be able to make MERMAID 2 and 3, or even more. Now everyone likes MERMAID so much, they seem to want more, at least for 1 or 2 more movies."
Wong Jing who has worked with Sing Yeh on many classic films and made this year's Lunar New Year film FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3 was rumored to be at odds with Sing Yeh but still congratulated him. Wong Jing said, "Congratulations to Director Chow Sing Chi's MERMAID for breaking 2 billion RMB and heading for the highest record. I also want to celebrate in advance our FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3 and THE MONKEY KING 2 will break 1 billion RMB this weekend together. This is happiness for all, a wonderful Lunar New Year. In the 90s, I understood that as long as the film industry was doing well together it was truly well. The real red hot fire enables us to add fuel the fire and work hard during the golden age of Chinese film, to surpass the U.S. and become the world's largest film market."
Chow Sing Chi has gone all in to promote MERMAID. After singing harmony for Karen Mok Man Wai and Adam Cheng Siu Chau's promotional song YOU ARE STILL THE BEST IN THE WORLD, Sing Yeh even wrote the theme song INVINCIBLE. Yesterday the INVINCIBLE recording session video was released. The performer was Deng Chao, but Sing Yeh, Show Lo (Law Chi Cheung), Jelly Lin Yun and Kris Wu Yifan also appeared. Piggy grabbed a shower head for a microphone and pretended to sing; Sing Yeh's harmony for Deng Chao was even more intense, with all the emotions and action. The funniest was when Deng Chao finished recording, he was very pleased with his performance and said, "Perfect!" Sing Yeh smiled and said, "Again! Again!" He was seriously demanding.