“Journey to the West 2” was champion of the box office on Jan. 28, clocking in at 347 million RMB.
– This crashed through records set by “Fast and Furious 7” (346 million) and “The Mermaid” (315 million)
– “Buddies in India”, “Kung Fu Yoga” box office results all exceeded 100 million, with “Duckweed” and “Entangled Worlds” close behind
Everyone was guessing whether the champion of the new year box office sale would be Stephen Chow and Tsui Hark’s “Journey to the West 2” or Wang Baoqiang’s director debut “Buddies in India”.
– “Journey to the West 2” broke box office results in the first 16 hours, and became the highest grossing film within 19.5 hours of it hitting theaters
– It’s the fastest amongst Chinese films to break through 200 and 300 million box office sales
– However, media estimates that it will be difficult for Stephen Chow to break his record of 3.38 billion RMB set by his own “The Mermaid”
Cnetz comment below:
[+3,127] If it wasn’t for Ma Rongjian, I really would recommend everyone to not watch “Buddies to India”. Super lousy film, utter lack of substance, punch lines are all forced, it uses self mutilation to entertain audiences!
[+2,271] JJTW2 is quite good, the entire movie was full of laughs and the special effects were good. A very imaginative movie. Those who are talking about having him return their ticket money… how laughable. They make themselves seem like God. If you don’t like it, you can go watch “Boonie Bears”
[+2,205] Stephen Chow’s film… I also think… I don’t want to say. Too many special effects make it meaningless
[+1,760] Stephen Chow is Stephen Chow. Classics are the classics. No one will ever be able to surpass them!
[+877] I watched it on Chinese New Year day. There are many parts of the movie that redid old bits of Stephen Chow’s movies. The middle part of the movie really made me want to fall asleep. It gave me the same feeling of “The Monkey King” and “The Monkey King 2” a few years ago. The special effects were highlighted, but the plot was really simple and cliche. It was one of those movies you forget about when you walk out of theaters. I’m really disappointed in Tsui Hark and Stephen Chow’s partnership
[+536] Those who like it go watch it, those who don’t like it don’t. No one’s holding a knife to you and forcing you to watch it. I’ll watch it in any case. I like Stephen Chow~~ that’s all. And, as bad as it can be, it’ll still be better than other comedies due to old monster Tsui and Master Chow’s standards!
[+458] Master Chow loves money, but I haven’t seen him film any commercials. Just this point alone makes him better than other actors, I feel
[+388] Why compare Wang Baoqiang with Master Chow? Are they on the same level?
[+287] I contributed 47.8 RMB. I don’t owe Master Chow a movie ticket afterwards. So cliche
[+177] I’m wondering, which of those superheroes in American films can defeat our monkey king?
cpoplove note: QQ split these comments out into another article. They originally appeared in the main article discussing box office results.
[+152] It wasn’t good, only the special effects were worthy of note. No plot, and Wu Yifan’s acting skills are… I don’t know what to say. It’s my first time watching him act and my last
[+123] Stephen Chow, Tsui Hark. If you need money, just give us your account number. No need to do this. I’m speechless…
[+63] So boring! No punch lines at all! Punch lines were created by cussing! That’s so stupid!
[+54] Those with low IQ won’t understand Stephen Chow’s films, that’s why you think it’s bad. Watch Wang Baoqiang’s films in the future. Anyone below 5 will understand it. No problem for you guys
[+28] I went to watch it yesterday. Waste of time. Messy plot and not funny at all. But the man beside me couldn’t stop laughing. I think he’s an idiot
[+26] I think it would’ve been better if Wu Yifan was swapped out for Wen Zhang. That kid should go back to singing and don’t act. His face isn’t suitable for the big screen
Sohu TV interview of audience reactions.
[+169] You dare compare it to “The Eagle Shooting Heroes”???? So much courage…
[+125] The journalist should go produce their own comedy if they have what it takes, and not stand here shouting and yelling. The new year films just want to make things more lively. Must we only do patriotic films to be called a good film?
[+95] I thought it was good
[+80] Baobao’s first movie. There are areas for improvement. Good luck
[+32] If it wasn’t for his divorce, it would only be an ordinary movie. Can’t say it’s good, but it’s viewable and not awful. Because of the divorce, netizens have lauded Wang Baoqiang to a manner that is on par with the greatest directors in China, able to fight with Stephen Chow. This is a case of expectations being set too high, the baseline being too high, and the movie’s quality not measuring up to expectations and causing a backlash
[+20] I used to want to support homegrown movies and would watch them in theaters. But after a few times, I feel that damn! Am I here to spend my own money to have a tough time? I only watch Hollywood films now. As for homegrown films, go watch them if you like. I just want to be entertained and not tortured. I’ve watch Hua Mulan, The Warring States, Switch, and Monk Comes Down the Mountain
[+10] How much money has the journalist accepted to bury Wang Baoqiang here!