“Nha Ba Nu” (Nu’s Family) set a new box office record for becoming the fastest home-grown film to pull in VND400 billion ($16.95 million) in just 17 days.
It took the previous record holder, “Bo Gia” (Dad, I’m Sorry), one month to reach this mark.
“Nu’s Family” has shown no sign of slowing down since it was released during this year’s Lunar New Year (Tet).
The film led the domestic box office throughout the Tet holidays, which fell from January 20-26, generating over $4.3 million during the three-day period.
According to Box Office Mojo, the global box office tracking site of IMDb, “Nha Ba Nu” recorded the sixth highest revenue in world box offices (excluding North America) from January 27 to 29.
The film is still being shown at local cinemas and has the potential of surpassing “Dad, I’m Sorry,” which reaped a total of VND420 billion in ticket sales domestically, to become the highest-grossing Vietnamese film of all time.
The two Vietnamese movies with the biggest-ever revenues, “Nu’s Family” and “Dad, I’m Sorry,” were both directed, produced, written, and acted in by Tran Thanh.
Experts said one of the factors driving the success of “Nu’s Family” was its easily relatable story about generational conflict.
Nu ( played by Le Giang), the owner of a crab soup shop, is a stern mother facing the pressure of providing for her family. Due to heartbreaks she suffered in the past, Nu forbids her youngest daughter Ngoc Nhi (Uyen An) from having a romantic relationship.
Nhi doesn’t listen to her mother and instead dates John (Song Luan), a Vietnamese who lives abroad. The climax comes when Nhi gets pregnant and leaves her family to live with John, only to soon realize that she made the wrong decision.
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