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“Lost In Hong Kong” Sets Pace For Chinese Comedy

It’s safe to say that the number 1 grossing film for the weekend, Lost in Hong Kong, took most westerners by surprise.

The film didn’t even make the top listings for U.S. theaters, but dominated the global rankings with a scorching worldwide box office take of over $100 million, which topped Everest, which took in $96 million worldwide and Hotel Transylvania 2, which managed a respectable $76.6 million.

The Guardian reported that Lost In Hong Kong posted the third-highest opening weekend receipts of all time in China, falling behind Fast & Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. In China, it took in $31.3 million on its opening day – the highest ever for a Chinese-produced film.

The film is the follow up to Lost in Thailand, which was frequently billed as the “Chinese Hangover,” referring to the Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha comedies that portray the misadventures of four men attempting to piece together what they did during nights of unbridled debauchery.

Technically, Lost in Hong Kong is the third film in the series that began with in 2010 film Lost on Journey, which featured actor/director Xu Zheng in what is described as a Planes, Trains and Automobiles-oriented comedy with the protagonist paired up with some uncomfortable traveling companions.

Lost in Hong Kong opened in an astounding 20,000 theaters, which meant it was screened more than 100,000 times over the weekend. In the states, it grossed $559,000 with reviews that ranged from solid to unfortunate. The L.A. Times said it was “a major crowd pleaser.” On the flip side of the same coin, the New York Times said the film “tries too hard to be too many things.”

What’s it about? A brassier designer. Xu Lai, who goes to a family reunion with his overbearing wife, only his other reason for going is to find a love who slipped through his fingers years ago. Meanwhile, his brother-in-law insists on documenting the trip for posterity, which creates a constant disruption to Xu Lai’s plans.

What else created buzz this weekend? The Top Ten, in the United States, according to box office monitor Rentrak, included Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ($30.3 million), Black Mass ($22.6 million), The Visit ($11.5 million), The Perfect Guy ($9.7 million), Everest ($7.2 million), War Room ($6.2 million), A Walk In The Woods ($2.8 million), Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation ($2.2 million), Straight Outta Compton ($1.9 million) and Grandma ($1.5 million).

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