“Bounty Hunters,” an action comedy film that features Korean actor Lee Min-ho as the main protagonist, has raked in about 50 million yuan ($758,000) in China on Friday, when the film was released, according to Starhaus Entertainment, one of several production companies behind the movie.
It opened on 52,000 screens and marked a ticket reserve share of 26.7 percent, ranking No. 1 at the box office.
The movie has garnered more viewers than “So I Married an Anti-fan,” featuring Chanyeol from EXO, a boy band group composed of South Korean and Chinese members. “So I Married an Anti-fan” grossed 23 million yuan when it opened in Chinese theaters Thursday.
The movie is about five bounty hunters, who collaborate to search for a hotel bomber. It was filmed in four Asian countries including South Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Thailand.
Lee plays the lead role of Yi San, who excels in martial arts, while his costar, Tiffany Tang, plays the female lead called Wonder Woman Cat. Star News had reported last year that one of the reasons Lee was selected for the role in “Bounty Hunters” is that he had shown his martial arts skills in previous works, such as “City Hunter” and “Gangnam Blues.”
“Bounty Hunters” was jointly made by several Chinese and Hong Kong production companies and directed by Shin Terra, a Korean director, who is renowned for the movies “My Girlfriend is a Secret Agent” (2009) and “Runway Cop” (2012).
By Lee Ji-hae (firstname.lastname@example.org)