The new Chinese box office record breaker ;Lost in Hong Kong; has impressed the market by making nearly 800 million yuan within just four days since its release on Sept 25. The film earned more than 200 million yuan in ticket sales per day last weekend, an unprecedented amount never seen before on the Chinese mainland.
However, the film received quite mixed reviews from the public. The ratings on Mtime.com and douban.com, two of the biggest film reviewing websites in China, are 6.2 and 6.4 out of 10, which is rather low for such a box office smash hit.
The film is the third installment of a trilogy comprising of the 2010 film ;Lost on Journey; and the 2012 film ;Lost in Thailand, which were huge successes in the Chinese market. The latter also created a box office record of 1.257 billion yuan at the time.
Despite the all-star cast in;Lost in Hong Kong, critics complained that the humor was slapstick and lowbrow, the performance of the actors unimpressive and the theme of the film unclear and fragmented. Compared with ;Lost in Thailand; (2012), this new film seems to receive less praise from audiences.