28 Dec - It seems that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is not the only movie ruling the cinemas, as "Ip Man 3" is officially this year's most popular Christmas day movie in Singapore.
The third instalment of the "Ip Man" series starring Donnie Yen, has seen the movie gross SGD2.65 million within just four days of its release since 24 December 2015.
On Christmas day alone, the movie had made SGD765 thousand, setting it as the holiday's most popular movie over "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
Not only that, "Ip Man 3" is now also the highest grossing box office film for a Chinese title in a single day in Singapore.
This box office performance is rather surprising, considering that many assumed "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" would be the cinemagoers' first choice over other new releases, thus allowing the Space Opera movie to dominate the box office at least for the entire month.
However, since the day was also a public holiday for those not celebrating Christmas at home with their families, it is possible that eager fans of Chinese martial arts films took the opportunity to catch Donnie Yen reprise his role as the Wing Chun grandmaster, thus propelling it as the day's top box office movie.
"I think that audience should have a choice to watch more than one film, because at the end of the day you are the consumer. This is not a monopolising film industry. So I think we should have more than one choice," said Donnie Yen during our recent interview with him when asked how he feels about "Ip Man 3" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" being released around the same time.
Despite the competing titles, it is interesting to note that Donnie Yen is also involved in the "Star Wars" universe. The 52-year-old confirms that he had spent the past five months in London to shoot "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (December 2016), the much anticipated "Star Wars" spin-off directed by Gareth Edwards.
In "Ip Man 3", Donnie Yen's Ip Man faces a multitude of new challenges as a crooked property developer, played by former professional boxer Mike Tyson, who plans to take over the city with his gang of thugs.