IP Man 3, the latest instalment in the Donnie Yen-starring franchise about the legendary Wing Chun grandmaster, has broken the all-time box-office record for highest-grossing opening weekend for a Chinese movie in Malaysia.

Ip Man 3 was released on Dec 24, and grossed over RM12mil in four days, an impressive haul considering the box office juggernaut that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still playing in cinemas.

Yen, who was in Malaysia recently to promote the movie, had expressed confidence that the movie will do well despite the presence of Star War: The Force Awakens.

“I think the audience has a choice of watching more than one film. At the end of the day, you should be able choose what you want to watch,” he said at an interview.

Producer Raymond Wong was equally confident, saying at the same interview that he hoped Ip Man 3 would be able to make at least RM20mil.

Distributed in Malaysia by Lotus Five Star, Ip Man 3 is directed by Wilson Yip and also stars former wushu champion Max Zhang Jin as a rival Wing Chun master, Lynn Hung as Ip Man’s wife, and former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson as a Hong Kong crime lord.

(From left) Raymond Wong, Yen and Lynn Hung during the press conference to launch Ip Man 3 in Malaysia recently. Photo: The Star/Chan Tak Kong

(From left) Raymond Wong, Yen and Lynn Hung during the press conference to launch Ip Man 3 in Malaysia recently. Photo: The Star/Chan Tak Kong