Perhaps Jackie Chan has not showcased his full powered action in his recent movies until "CZ12". His fans are crazy for it when they realize that his deadly stunt is back. "CZ12" debuted on 22 December 2012 to a gigantic RMB 44.5 million on the first day. Including the mid-night show (0:00 midnight on 22 December), the movie took in a total RMB 60 million, shattering the Mainland China New Year celebration box office record. As of 25 December, which is six days into its opening, "CZ12" passed the RMB 300 million milestone, totaling RMB 302 million.
The star-studded "The Last Tycoon" directed by Jing Wong and Andrew Lau's "The Guillotines", starring an all-celebrity ensemble, were disappointments. Mainland production "Lost in Thailand" led the box office with a massive RMB 760 million two weeks into its opening. Not only did the Chinese comedy break the record of "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" (RMB 720 million) as the highest grossing Chinese film, it also topped Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" (RMB 580 million) to become the strongest release at year end. Among the three productions helmed by Hong Kong directors and starring Hong Kong actors, only "CZ12" is qualified to rival against "Lost in Thailand". "The Guillotines" took in RMB 44.5 million in seven days while "The Last Tycoon" garnished RMB 41 million in four days, way off from "Lost in Thailand" and "CZ12". Some say "The Guillotines" and "The Last Tycoon" were no game due to inappropriate scheduling and underestimation of competitors. However, it looks like "The Last Tycoon" may be able to take the place of "The Guillotines" based on the latest cinema circuit schedules. "The Last Tycoon" has been scheduled more shows than when it was first released. Its box office gain is also slightly more optimistic than "The Guillotines". "CZ12" has been having a strong run at box office, but playing opposite dark horse "Lost in Thailand" is hard cheese. The low-budget hit crossed the RMB 100 million hurdle in just two days, setting a historic record in Chinese cinema.