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Di Renjie (2011)

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $474,754Details
International Box Office $69,219Details
Worldwide Box Office $543,973
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Synopsis

On the eve of her coronation as Empress, China's most powerful woman is haunted by a chilling murder mystery: seven men under her command have burst into flames, leaving behind only black ash and skeletal bones. Recognizing this threat to her power, she turns to the infamous Dee Renjie: a man whose unparalleled wisdom is matched only by his martial arts skills. As he battles a series of bizarre dangers, he unveils a chilling truth that places his life, and the future of an entire dynasty, in peril.

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 2nd, 2011 (Limited) by Indomina Releasing, released as Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame
International Releases: April 18th, 2013 (Wide) (Bahrain)
April 18th, 2013 (Wide) (Oman)
April 18th, 2013 (Wide) (Qatar)
April 18th, 2013 (Wide) (United Arab Emirates)
April 25th, 2013 (Wide) (Kuwait)
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MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and some sexuality.
(Rating bulletin 2175, 6/8/2011)
Running Time: 122 minutes
Franchise: Detective Dee
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Keywords: Voiceover/Narration, Talking Animals, Martial Arts, Costume Drama, Political, Wire Fu, Police Procedural, Surprise Twist, Same Role, Multiple Actors, Revenge, Epilogue, Wuxia
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Thriller/Suspense
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Film Workshop Company, Hyayi Brothers Corp., Zhejiang Hengdian World Studios
Production Countries: China

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,396 $12,017 Oct 21, 2011 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,423 $25,426 Oct 14, 2011 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,752 $32,270 Oct 7, 2011 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,847 $53,376 Sep 30, 2011 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,034 $82,586 Sep 23, 2011 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,899 $52,404 Sep 16, 2011 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,175 $24,918 Sep 9, 2011 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,859 $52,600 Sep 2, 2011 3

Cast

   Detective Dee (Di Renjie)
Li Bingbing    Jing'er
Carina Lau    Zetian
Tony Leung Ka-fai   
Chao Deng    Pei Donglai

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Wang Zhongjun
Screenwriter    Zhang Jialu
Producer    Wang Zhonglei
Producer    Tsui Hark
Executive Producer    Nansun Shi
Executive Producer    Peggy Lee
Executive Producer    Chen Kuo-fu

Contest: Deductive Reasoning: Winning Announcement

December 20th, 2011

The winners of our Deductive Reasoning contest were determined and they are... More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 13th, 2011

December 12th, 2011

It is a surprisingly strong week on the home market with two $100 million hits, Kung Fu Panda 2 on Blu-ray Combo Pack or Rise of the Planet of the Apes on Blu-ray, both of which are contenders for pick of the week. There are also several smaller releases that are also contenders for that title like The Guild: Season Five on DVD. But in the end, I gave that honor to Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame on Blu-ray. More...

Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

December 12th, 2011

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame opened with a per theater average of $17,533 in three theaters, which is very good, especially for a September release. However, it wasn't able to maintain this average the following week and it quickly expanded beyond what its word-of-mouth could handle. This is not a positive sign. Is the film flawed and that's what prevented it finding a larger audience. Or is it a genre film with too small a target audience? Does it deserve to perform better on the home market? More...

Contest: Deductive Reasoning

December 9th, 2011

There are two saturation level releases coming out next week, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Both have a shot at $200 million in total, but the latter should start much faster, so it is the target film in this week's contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame on DVD. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a copy of Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Contest: Thanksgiving Leftovers: Winning Announcement

December 8th, 2011

The winners of our Thanksgiving Leftovers contest were determined and they are... More...

Contest: Double Down: Winning Announcement

December 1st, 2011

The winners of our Double Down contest were determined and they are... More...

Turning Limited Releases Inside Out

September 9th, 2011

There is a lot of excitement when it comes to specialty films and potential Awards Season players, because it's time for the Toronto International Film Festival. Unfortunately for those not in Toronto, your choices are a lot more limited. Fortunately for those not in Toronto, you are not in Toronto. (I'm Canadian, so I'm constitutionally obligated to make fun of Toronto.) There are a few new limited releases earning good reviews, but far more that critics are a lot less kind to, and none seem destined for significant box office success. More...

Per Theater Chart: Detective Dee on the Case

September 7th, 2011

The per theater chart is nearly empty and only Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame topping $10,000 over the three-day portion of the weekend. It's average from Friday through Sunday was $17,533 in three theaters. Bodyguard earned an average of $9,813 in 88 theaters over the three-day portion of the weekend, but crossed over the $10,000 mark if you include Monday. It was even more impressive if you take into account its Wednesday and Thursday numbers. More...

Labor Day Delivers Big Limited Releases

September 2nd, 2011

The selection of limited releases is not great with only one, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. On the other hand, there are three films opening in more than 100 theaters, none of which are likely to become hits. It could be a really soft weekend on the per theater chart. Fortunately, Awards Season is not too far away. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/09/02 56 $52,600   3 $17,533   $52,600 3
2011/09/09 62 $24,918 -53% 3 $8,306   $103,392 10
2011/09/16 51 $52,404 +110% 19 $2,758   $163,455 17
2011/09/23 40 $82,586 +58% 48 $1,721   $266,894 24
2011/09/30 45 $53,376 -35% 34 $1,570   $355,278 31
2011/10/07 57 $32,270 -40% 27 $1,195   $409,221 38
2011/10/14 63 $25,426 -21% 22 $1,156   $447,660 45
2011/10/21 76 $12,017 -53% 21 $572   $474,754 52

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/09/02 - $14,632   3 $4,877   $14,632 1
2011/09/03 - $18,570 +27% 3 $6,190   $33,202 2
2011/09/04 - $19,416 +5% 3 $6,472   $52,618 3
2011/09/05 56 $15,000 -23% 3 $5,000   $67,600 4
2011/09/06 - $3,936 -74% 3 $1,312   $71,537 5
2011/09/07 - $3,514 -11% 3 $1,171   $75,051 6
2011/09/08 - $3,423 -3% 3 $1,141   $78,474 7
2011/09/09 - $7,534 +120% 3 $2,511   $86,008 8
2011/09/10 - $9,736 +29% 3 $3,245   $95,744 9
2011/09/11 - $6,841 -30% 3 $2,280   $102,585 10
2011/09/12 - $1,896 -72% 3 $632   $104,481 11
2011/09/13 - $2,368 +25% 3 $789   $106,849 12
2011/09/14 - $2,326 -2% 3 $775   $109,175 13
2011/09/15 - $2,105 -10% 3 $702   $111,280 14
2011/09/16 - $15,572 +640% 19 $820   $126,623 15
2011/09/17 - $21,733 +40% 19 $1,144   $148,356 16
2011/09/18 - $15,099 -31% 19 $795   $163,455 17
2011/09/19 - $4,961 -67% 19 $261   $168,416 18
2011/09/20 - $5,498 +11% 19 $289   $173,914 19
2011/09/21 - $5,266 -4% 19 $277   $179,180 20
2011/09/22 - $5,128 -3% 19 $270   $184,308 21
2011/09/23 - $21,818 +325% 48 $455   $206,126 22
2011/09/24 - $34,966 +60% 48 $728   $240,957 23
2011/09/25 - $25,802 -26% 48 $538   $266,759 24
2011/09/26 - $8,294 -68% 48 $173   $275,053 25
2011/09/27 - $8,985 +8% 48 $187   $284,038 26
2011/09/28 - $8,794 -2% 48 $183   $292,832 27
2011/09/29 - $9,070 +3% 48 $189   $301,902 28
2011/09/30 - $14,630 +61% 34 $430   $316,532 29
2011/10/01 - $22,689 +55% 34 $667   $339,221 30
2011/10/02 - $16,057 -29% 34 $472   $355,278 31
2011/10/03 - $4,996 -69% 34 $147   $360,274 32
2011/10/04 - $5,302 +6% 34 $156   $365,576 33
2011/10/05 - $5,356 +1% 34 $158   $370,932 34
2011/10/06 - $6,009 +12% 34 $177   $376,941 35
2011/10/07 - $8,910 +48% 27 $330   $385,851 36
2011/10/08 - $13,531 +52% 27 $501   $399,392 37
2011/10/09 - $9,829 -27% 27 $364   $409,221 38
2011/10/10 - $5,512 -44% 27 $204   $414,733 39

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/09/02 56 $78,474   3 $26,158   $78,474 7
2011/09/09 66 $32,807 -58% 3 $10,936   $111,281 14
2011/09/16 49 $73,027 +123% 19 $3,844   $184,308 21
2011/09/23 41 $117,594 +61% 48 $2,450   $301,902 28
2011/09/30 45 $75,049 -36% 34 $2,207   $376,951 35
2011/10/07 55 $45,283 -40% 27 $1,677   $422,234 42
2011/10/14 59 $40,503 -11% 22 $1,841   $462,737 49

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Bahrain 4/18/2013 $3,361 3 3 4 $4,578 12/14/2015
Kuwait 4/25/2013 $5,759 1 1 1 $7,943 12/14/2015
Oman 4/18/2013 $4,151 4 4 6 $6,633 12/14/2015
Qatar 4/18/2013 $8,133 3 3 3 $10,238 12/14/2015
United Arab Emirates 4/18/2013 $31,063 13 13 14 $39,827 12/14/2015
 
International Total$69,219 12/14/2015

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