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Chinese Cash for “Curse of the Golden Flower”

Chinese Cash for "Curse of the Golden Flower"

Zhang Yimou‘s “Curse of the Golden Flower” broke box office records in China last weekend, opening to a four day total of RMB 96 million ($12.5 M U.S.) on 826 screens. Previous successful openings are “Hero” opened to RMB 35 million ($4.5 million), “House of Flying Daggers” to RMB 61 million ($7.9 million), “The Promise” to RMB 75 million ($9.7 million) and “The Banquet” to RMB 45 million ($5.8 million). The film, which tells the story of an imperial family’s slow decline stars Gong Li and Chow Yun Fat, and is China’s submission for Oscar consideration for Best Foreign Film. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film this Thursday, December 21st, in New York, and December 22nd in Los Angeles and other select cities. [Brian Brooks]

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