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Tai Chi Zero (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $212,094Details
International Box Office $24,578,459
Worldwide Box Office $24,790,553
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  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer


Lu Chan has got it rough. He only wants to be a kung-fu master. Born with a fleshy horn on top of his head, Lu Chan turns him into an unstoppable martial arts machine whenever someone hits it- but at the cost of shortening his life every time. Finding himself near death after people have “used” his gift a few too many times, the only solution for Lu Chan lies in learning an inner form of kung-fu...the powerful Chen Style Tai Chi. In legendary Chen Village, everyone is a martial arts master, using Chen Style Tai Chi in all aspects of their everyday lives. Lu Chan comes to the village to train, as many have before- but it is forbidden to teach Chen Style to outsiders, so as always, the villagers do their best to discourage him by challenging him to a series of fights. Everyone from strong men to young children defeat him using their Chen Style moves. Particularly keen to seen Lu Chan leave is Yuniang - her father, the local master, is missing, and she has no time for outsiders. But when her former fiancé returns with a frightening steam-powered machine and plans to build a railroad through the village at any cost, both Yuniang and the villagers realize they may have no choice but to put their faith in Lu Chan.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Spilled
61% - Fresh
51% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 19th, 2012 (Limited) by Variance Films
Video Release: January 22nd, 2013 by Well Go USA Video, released as Tai Chi Zeron
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence and martial arts action throughout.
(Rating bulletin 2241, 9/19/2012)
Running Time: 94 minutes
Franchise: Tai Chi Zero
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Keywords: Martial Arts, Steampunk, Land Developer
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Hyayi Brothers Corp., Huayi Brothers International, Shanghai Stone-Capital Culture Investment, Hunan Richland Culture Media Venture Partnership, Diversion Pictures
Production Countries: China

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,742 $1,090 Nov 23, 2012 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,886 $2,628 Nov 16, 2012 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,871 $7,454 Nov 9, 2012 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,118 $13,881 Nov 2, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,648 $41,410 Oct 26, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,310 $85,094 Oct 19, 2012 3


   Lu Chan ("The Freak")
Tony Leung Ka Fai    Chen Chang Xing / Uncle Laborer
Angelababy    Yuniang Chen
Eddie Peng    Fang Zijing
Shu Qi    Lu Chan's Mother

Production and Technical Credits

Action Director    Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Story Creator    Chen Kuo-fu
Screenwriter    Cheng Hsiao Tse
Screenwriter    Zhang Jialu
Producer    Zhang Dajun
Producer    Stephen Fung
Producer    Daniel Wu
Executive Producer    Chen Kuo-fu
Executive Producer    Wang Zhonglei
Editor    Cheng Hsiao Tse
Editor    Matthew Hui
Editor    Zhang Jialu
Editor    Zhang Weili
Additional Editing    Xiao Yang
Art Director    Tim Yip
Composer    Katsunori Ishida
Director of Photography    Peter Ngor
Director of Photography    Lai Yiu Fai
Director of Photography    Du Jie

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October 23rd, 2012

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Compare this performance with other movies…

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/10/19 36 $85,094   31 $2,745   $85,094 3
2012/10/26 43 $41,410 -51% 23 $1,800   $158,999 10
2012/11/02 62 $13,881 -66% 13 $1,068   $190,407 17
2012/11/09 68 $7,454 -46% 7 $1,065   $203,634 24
2012/11/16 80 $2,628 -65% 3 $876   $210,288 31
2012/11/23 89 $1,090 -59% 1 $1,090   $212,094 38

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/10/19 36 $117,589   31 $3,793   $117,589 7
2012/10/26 45 $58,937 -50% 23 $2,562   $176,526 14
2012/11/02 62 $19,654 -67% 23 $855   $196,180 21
2012/11/09 72 $11,480 -42% 23 $499   $207,660 28
2012/11/16 87 $3,344 -71% 3 $1,115   $211,004 35
2012/11/23 93 $1,090 -67% 1 $1,090   $212,094 42

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