Goldbuster is a new Chinese comedy directed by and starring Sandra Ng, who is most famous for her roles in the Young and Dangerous, The Inspector Wears Skirts and Golden Chicken series.
The rest of the cast includes Francis Ng (The Mission), Alex Fong Chung Sun (Once A Gangster), Zhang Yi (Cock And Bull), Yue Yunpeng (Buddies In India) and Shen Teng (Go Away Mr Tumour).
A few of the oddball tenants of a building, fearful of being locked out by a ruthless property developer with his eye on their home, turn to flamboyant ghost hunter Golden Ling to perform a most unusual exorcism.
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Goldbuster will open in Australian cinemas on January 11 and this competition will close at 3pm on January 9. Good luck!As 2017 drew to a close, a wide variety of Chinese tentpoles led the last week of the year (Dec 25-31). Feng Xiaogang’s Youth, already in its third week, retained the overall No.1 position, while new release The Ex-File: The Return Of The Exes ruled the weekend.
With almost overwhelming praise from Chinese audiences, Youth delivered a hat trick and added $51.3m. The bittersweet coming-of-age drama was exceptionally resilient as it bounced back to the second place on Sunday after dropping to the fifth on Friday. After 17 days, it has amassed $169.5m, making it the eighth highest grossing film in 2017. It has also overtaken 2013’s Personal Tailor to become Feng’s top grossing film.
Local romantic comedy The Ex-File: The Return Of The Exes took the weekend but came in only second overall with $42m from its first three days. After opening in second on Friday behind Goldbuster, it climbed to No.1 on both Saturday and Sunday. The third installment of the popular Ex-File series has now outgrossed the final run of its two predecessors, all of which are by the same director Tian Yusheng. Han Geng and Zheng Kai return to head the cast.
Horror comedy Goldbuster ranked third overall with $35.8m from its three-day opening weekend, marking the directorial debut of Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng. Produced by Peter Chan and co-presented by Never Say Die’s Fun Age Pictures, it opened promisingly on top on Friday but failed to sustain, dropping to second on Saturday and third on Sunday.
Chen Kaige’s Tang dynasty-set fantasy romance Legend Of The Demon Cat slid from second to fourth place, taking $32.1m for $66.9m after 10 days and outperforming his 2015 summer release, Monk Comes Down The Mountain. The cast includes Huang Xuan, Shota Sometani and Kitty Zhang.
Local fantasy comedy Hanson And The Beast, starring The Continent’s Feng Shaofeng and Liu Yifei (set to star in Disney’s new Mulan) opened in fifth with $24.2m from its first three days. It was ahead of Han Jie’s Chinese version of Japanese author Keigo Higashino’s bestseller Miracles Of The Namiya General Store, which took $21.7m also after three days.
The rest were holdovers. Sci-fi thriller Bleeding Steel, the third film starring Jackie Chan this year, added $13.3m for $41.7m after 10 days, but was no match for his earlier two films Kung Fu Yoga and The Foreigner. It was followed by local crime thriller The Liquidator, with Deng Chao and Ethan Juan, which earned $9.8m for $30.5m after 10 days
The only non-Chinese titles were two animations. Coco added $7.6m for $164.6m after 38 days from an extended run, making it the second highest grossing animation ever, only after Zootopia and exceeding the combined box office of all Pixar’s previous releases in China, while Paddington 2 took $1.3m for $28.3m after 24 days.
The Chinese tentpoles will meet their match this week when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens this Friday, Jan 5.UPDATE, WRITETHRU with actuals: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi made the jump across the coveted $1B mark worldwide this holiday weekend, grossing $1,066.7M through Monday. The Rian Johnson-helmed installment became the 4th movie to pass the milestone in 2017, and the second for Disney after Beauty And The Beast. With the final frame of the year factored in, Disney’s 2017 overseas box office is $4.047B.Jedi added $67.2M during its 3rd Friday-Saturday-Sunday in 54 material markets. That was slightly down from the Sunday estimate of $68M, though it still reps a light 12% drop from the previous session.
Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle meanwhile also rang in the New Year in style, overtaking Jedi in the FSS actuals for the top spot on the offshore weekend chart at $70.2M. Including the Monday figures, the overseas cume on Jumanji is $175M for $360M global.
The Last Jedi is now the No. 3 release of the year globally and is tied at 20th of all time alongside Toy Story 3. Internationally, it is running about 35% behind The Force Awakens and 36% ahead of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at the same stage of play. The international box office cume through Monday is $534.8M adding $12.3M that day. China is still to come on January 5 this week.
Jedi is the No. 1 movie of the year in Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and held the top spot for the 3rd frame in a row in such key markets as France, Germany, Spain and the UK. It also held No. 1 in Japan.
The top market remains the UK which is approaching a milestone, coming out of the New Year’s holiday at $93.3M. It’s followed by Germany ($63.3M), France ($46.7M), Japan, ($42.4M) and Australia ($35.9M).
The crystal foxes also crossed $100M global in IMAX box office, the 8th film ever in the format’s history to do so and the 2nd fastest to the mark, after only Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Elsewhere, Lionsgate’s Wonder is poised to cross $200M worldwide. The current overseas total is $75.9M including a stunning run in Brazil where it jumped 24% this session, regaining the No. 1 spot and a cume of $16.4M so far.
In India, Salman Khan-starrer Tiger Zinda Hai has grossed about 360 crore ($54M) at home through Tuesday, and had a domestic take of $4.9M after 11 days, adding to the Bollywood icon’s string of hits. In China, comedies Gold Buster and The Ex File: The Return Of The Exes led local play among new entrants while Feng Xioagang’s Youth crossed $180M. Return Of The Exes is the most buzzed about among the bunch, we’re hearing, with strong play into the weekdays. China ended 2017 up 13.45% in box office takings to RMB 56B ($8.6B).
In other China news, Blumhouse/Universal’s Happy Death Day has secured a release date there, going out on February 2.
Breakdowns and actuals on the films above and others have been updated below. (Please note that actuals reporting came in later than usual due to the New Year holiday.)