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The Ark of Mr. Chow (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $53,252Details
International Box Office $7,850,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $7,903,252
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A group of bright teenagers are recruited for a special college program for young geniuses only to find themselves socially awkward among their more normal peers. "The Ark of Mr. Chow" is a satirical take on the Chinese education system and how it emphasizes academic excellence over a student's overall personal development, especially outside of the academic curriculum. The director, Xiao Yang, was part of the class and draws on his personal experiences with the system to paint a lighthearted but accurate portrayal of what its like to grow up too intelligent for your own good.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 19th, 2015 (Limited) by China Lion Film Distribution
International Releases: June 18th, 2015 (Limited) (Australia)
June 18th, 2015 (Limited), released as Ark of Mr Chow, The (New Zealand)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 106 minutes
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Keywords: Child Prodigy, College, China
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: CKF Pictures
Production Countries: China

Lead Ensemble Members

   Zhou Zhiyong
   Zhou Lan
   Wu Wei
   Liang, the University's Chancellor
   Jiang Yilin/Elaine

Supporting Cast

Leo Li    Fang Houzheng
Liu Xilong    Wang Dafa

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Production and Technical Credits

Zhang Weili    Screenwriter
Xiao Yang    Screenwriter
Chen Kuo-fu    Producer
Wang Zhonglei    Producer
Tao Kun    Producer
Chang Hongsong    Producer
Chang Chia-lu    Executive Producer
Wang Zhongjun    Executive Producer
Zhang Weili    Editor

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/06/19 41 $22,583   12 $1,882   $22,583 1
2015/06/26 62 $8,286 -63% 6 $1,381   $45,458 2
2015/07/03 78 $1,770 -79% 1 $1,770   $53,252 3

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/06/19 41 $37,172   12 $3,098   $37,172 1
2015/06/26 64 $14,310 -62% 6 $2,385   $51,482 2

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 6/18/2015 $9,766 6 6 6 $9,766 6/23/2015
New Zealand 6/18/2015 $2,787 1 1 2 $4,705 6/29/2015
Rest of World $7,835,529
International Total$7,850,000 6/29/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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