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'Lost in Thailand' becomes best-selling Chinese film

(CRI Online)

08:27, December 27, 2012

Poster of 'Lost in Thailand' (Xinhua)

Chinese cinema has witnessed a miracle: low-budget film "Lost in Thailand" has just become the most bankable Chinese film of all time.

The comedy had grossed 721 million yuan (US$115 million) as of December 24, reports. It officially took the best-selling-domestic-film crown from "Painted Skin: The Resurrection", which earned 702 million yuan this summer.

With a budget of 30 million yuan, "Lost in Thailand" follows three Chinese men who meet on their trips to Thailand, where hilarity ensues.

Actor Xu Zheng made his directorial debut with the film, in which he costars with Wang Baoqiang and Huang Bo.

The film opened on December 12 and quickly became popular via word of mouth. It was given 8.1 out of 10 on the popular Website, a score rated by nearly 120,000 viewers.

With the 3-day New Year holiday beginning on January 1, the film is well on track to becoming the first Chinese film ever to pass the 1-billion-yuan threshold, industrial experts predict.

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