'Hangover'-esque 'Lost in Thailand' breaks box office records in China

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Big news for a little Chinese movie: Film Business Asia and the Bangkok Post report that Lost in Thailand, a low-budget road film, is a surprise hit. In a week and change, Thailand has already broken five box office records in China — including those for best December opening and highest single-day income for a domestic movie. After just eight days of release, the flick has earned about ¥450 million — or $72.2 million.

Thailand was directed by Chinese comedian Xu Zheng, who also stars. The plot follows Xu’s character as he and a rival (Huang Bo) travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. While that premise may evoke any number of comedies, the film’s trailer invites comparison to one specific movie: The Hangover, the sequel to which — coincidence? — is set in Bangkok. See for yourself:

Thailand is financed and distributed by Beijing Enlight Pictures Co., Ltd. There’s no word yet on whether the comedy will find distribution in the U.S.

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