2 Feb – Chinese New Year season is no doubt auspicious for Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan. His newly-released action comedy, "Kung Fu Yoga", easily topped the local box office during the Chinese New Year weekend.
Within five days since its release on 26 January, the movie collected SGD1.85 million, according to The Straits Times.
It beats other Chinese New Year releases, which include Stephen Chow and Tsui Hark's "Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back", Mark Lee-starrer "The Fortune Handbook", Jack Neo-produced "Take 2" and Silver Yee's "Love From Kampung".
Not only that, "Kung Fu Yoga" has also gone on to become Jackie Chan's biggest opening weekend in Singapore.
From Thursday up until last Sunday, the movie raked in SGD1.37 million. This beats the actor's previous record of SGD1.35 million, which was set by his 2015 historical action movie, "Dragon Blade", also released during Chinese New Year.
However, "Kung Fu Yoga" is not the only new release making a buzz at the local box office. Another big timer, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, is also proving his star power is still as strong as ever with his new action crime thriller "Raees".
"Raees" has set the record as the highest ever opening weekend for a Bollywood movie in Singapore.
Film trade analyst Komal Nahta announced on Twitter that the movie "has smashed box-office records in Singapore by collecting USD226,000!"
If the momentum continues for the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer, it might just surpass the record set by the actor's romantic action movie, "Dilwale", which is the only Bollywood movie to cross USD1 million in Singapore.
Worldwide, "Raees" has to date earned USD 6.7 million. In India, it is the first movie of 2017 to cross the 100 crore mark. This makes it the seventh Shah Rukh Khan movie to do so, after "Chennai Express", "Happy New Year", "Dilwale", "Jab Tak Hai Jaan", "Ra. One" and "Don 2".