Lost in Thailand: Biggest money maker in China

New Chinese movie about a crazy trip to Thailand sets new money making record ($160 million) even more than Titanic.



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'Lost in Thailand' sets box-office record

3/01/2013  

BEIJING (AP) — A low-budget, domestically produced comedy has unexpectedly become the highest-grossing Chinese film to date.

Chinese state media say the wacky road movie "Lost in Thailand" has grossed more than 1 billion yuan ($160 million) since its Dec 12 debut. The official Xinhua News Agency, citing an independent monitor of box office figures, said Wednesday that it also beat James Cameron's "Titanic" in 3-D, the most popular foreign film in 2012, in Chinese theatres.

Set in Thailand, the film tells the story of two businessmen who go searching for their boss in the northern region, and then link up with a tourist eager to explore the kingdom. It is filled with slapstick humour and action scenes.

The previous record for a domestic film was 726 million yuan set by "Painted Skin 2."

Over 1.1 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand between January and June last year, up 28.9% from the same period of 2011 and making the Chinese the largest number of tourist arrivals in the kingdom.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Breakingnews, 'Lost in Thailand' sets box-office record, 3/01/2013, link)   


Movie Vocabulary

film - motion picture, flick ภาพยนตร์,  หนัง, ฟิล์มหนัง (See Wikipedia)
movie - Same as "film"

record - the best or most ever achieved สถิติ
set record - make a new record (more than, faster than, etc than anyone in the past)

break a record - make a new record
the previous record - the record before setting a new record, the broken record

box-office - 1. the amount of money that a film makes; 2. the place in a movie theatre where tickets are sold

a box-office record
- the highest amount of money that a film has ever made
set box-office record

'Lost in Thailand' sets
box-office record

budget - an amount of money able to be spent on something งบประมาณ
low-budget
low-budget film - a cheap film; a film that was cheap to make

domestic (adjective) - inside the country ภายในประเทศ
domestic film - a film made in the same country it is shown

the previous record for a domestic film was 726 million yuan set by "Painted Skin 2."

domestically
(adverb) - inside the country
domestically produced - made inside the country

comedy - a (type of) film, play or book which is intentionally funny either in its characters or its action ความตลกขบขัน
low-budget, domestically produced comedy

to date - up to this point in time
highest-grossing Chinese film to date

low-budget, domestically produced comedy has unexpectedly become the highest-grossing Chinese film to date.

state - government รัฐ
media - radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
state media - TV and newspapers produced by the government

road movie - a kind of movie story with the main characters leaving home to travel from place to place, changing the way they view the world in their everyday lives (See Wikipedia)

wacky - (slang) silly, crazy, mad บ้า, ประสาท, ประหลาด, แปลก
the wacky road movie

gross - the total amount received before taxes and costs are taken away or subtracted, gross income, gross revenue
has grossed more than $160 million

Chinese state media say the wacky road movie "Lost in Thailand" has grossed more than 1 billion yuan ($160 million) since its Dec 12 debut.

official - approved by the government or some authority ที่เป็นทางการ
the official Xinhua News Agency

citing - mentioning as a reason ให้ อ้างอิงเหตุผล
independent - free from outside influence (separate and not connect, not influenced or affected by others) เป็นอิสระ

monitor - (verb) to watch and check for problems while something happens จับตาดู เฝ้าระมัดระวัง ตรวจสอบ ตรวจตรา  เฝ้าจับตาดู f ตรวจ, ติดตาม, เฝ้าสังเกต
monitor (noun) - some person or organization that monitors something

independent monitor - someone who is checking for problems who is not influenced by powerful people

figures - amounts; statistics, numbers
box office figures

citing an independent monitor of box office figures

beat - win ชนะ
it also beat James Cameron's Titanic in 3-D

The official Xinhua News Agency, citing an independent monitor of box office figures, said Wednesday that it also beat James Cameron's "Titanic" in 3-D, the most popular foreign film in 2012, in Chinese theatres.

set in ... - when the events of a movie or book happen at some place
set in Thailand

eager - want to do very much กระตือรือร้น
eager to explore the kingdom

link - to join or connect with เชื่อม
link up with a tourist eager to explore the kingdom

humour - the ability to find things funny, the way in which people see that some things are funny or the quality of being funny ความตลกขบขัน
slapstick humour - a type of comedy or funny movie with impossible situations (See Wikipedia)

scene - a part of a movie or book with events happening at same place and time
action scenes - scenes with a lot of movement, fighting, shooting guns, car chases, etc (not just talking), as in "action film"

the film is filled with slapstick humour and action scenes

Set in Thailand, the film tells the story of two businessmen who go searching for their boss in the northern region, and then link up with a tourist eager to explore the kingdom. It is filled with slapstick humour and action scenes.

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