Buzzing: Cold War 2 broke record in Hong Kong

Cold War 2 broke record in Hong Kong

Thriller Cold War 2 has broken Hong Kong's opening-day box office record set by Stephen Chow's Mermaid earlier this year. It took in HK$5.41 million (S$938,000) on its Friday debut, said Apple Daily, compared to Mermaid's HK$5.22 million opening.

Ming Pao Daily cited a figure of HK$5.38 million to say the film achieved the biggest opening day for a Chinese movie in Hong Kong.

Filming will start next year on Cold War 3, Apple said, with a greater role given to Cold War 2 star Chow Yun Fat.

AC/DC bassist to retire

The future of Australia's AC/DC is in doubt after bassist Cliff Williams said he planned to retire after the band's tour. "It's been what I've known for the past 40 years, but after this tour, I'm backing off touring and recording," Williams, 66, told Gulfshore Life, a magazine about south-western Florida where he lives.

The announcement came after singer Brian Johnson was told by doctors he risked permanent hearing damage if he kept performing. Guitarist Malcolm Young retired in 2014 due to dementia. Drummer Phil Rudd left after he was arrested for ordering a murder.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2016, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Print Edition | Subscribe