China's box office hits record high on Valentine's Day

February 15, 2016 11:50 pm 

BEIJING, Feb. 15 — China's box office sales totaled 580 million yuan (about USD88.3 million) on Valentine's Day, a new high from previous years.

The box office surged by more than 150 percent from the same day last year, according to data released by the China Film News on Monday.

More than half of the sales were generated by "Mermaid", a sci-fi comedy by Stephen Chow, a famed Hong Kong director and comedian.

"The Monkey King 2" took the second place with about 95 million yuan, while "From Vegas to Macau III," starring Hong Kong actors Chow Yun-fat and Andy Lau, scored 85 million yuan to come in third.

The Valentine's Day box office in 2016 increased mainly due to the date closely following the Spring Festival holiday, which ended Saturday.

The box office surge during the Spring Festival holiday, which totalled 3 billion yuan from Feb. 8 to 13, spilled over into Valentine's Day, according to the official paper.

For the past two years, Valentine's Day was several days before or after the holiday. (PNA/Xinhua)

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