With $47.1M Opening, "Painted Skin II: Resurrection" Sets Several Box Office Records in China
The first “Painted Skin” stars Donnie Yen as a demon fighter. His demon fighting skills are requested when a demon, who has taken on the form of a human, falls in love with a general and kills whoever stands between them.
It’s a supernatural thriller with action, romance, comedy and pretty good special effects - yeah, basically, a big budget hong kong movie with actors from both the Hong Kong and Chinese film industry.
Overall, I liked the first film. Gordan Chan (“Fist of Legend”), like most Hong Kong directors, are great at mixing multiple genres and making them entertaining. It was also a departure from the martial arts epics that was being cranked out at the time.
When it was released in 2008, it grossed $33M in China - a huge hit - which is why we’re getting a sequel. Unfortunately, Yen isn’t returning for “Painted Skin II: Resurrection.” Neither is the director. The three actors playing the principles in the love triangle are, though - Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, and Wei Zhao in the roles of the demon, the general, and the general’s wife respectively.
Although the trailer does seem like a bigger production, I’m not sure what to think of the token white guy. He seemed kinda out of place and is only there so the film could get a release in Western countries.
"Painted Skin II: Resurrection" Trailer:
“Painted Skin II: Resurrection” didn’t need Yen’s ever reliable help at the box office. Released last Thursday in China, it has grossed $47.1M (300M Yuan) in just four days, the fastest film to do so. It has also set six other box office records, including highest midnight screening ($1M), highest opening day ($11M), highest single day ($14M), fastest to reach $31.4M (200M Yuan), highest opening week ($47.1M), and highest single week.
Now, let’s see if it can beat “Let the Bullets Fly” (Chow Yun-Fat), which took in $103M, to become the highest grossing Chinese film of all time. At its current blistering pace, it almost seems inevitable.
This is great news for China’s local film industry. Last year, it edged passed India to become the third largest film market in the world behind the United States and Japan.