'Avatar' now No. 2 film in Hong Kong

2:34 AM PST 01/12/2010 by Karen Chu, AP

Only 'Titanic' remains to beat for new Cameron film

HONG KONG -- "Avatar" has taken HK$100 million at the local boxoffice, making its helmer, James Cameron, the only director whose films had surpassed the milestone.

Total local boxoffice tally reached HK$100.5 million ($12.9 million) since its opening on December 17, up to the midnight shows on Tuesday, placing it number two on the highest-grossing film of all-time in Hong Kong.

Cameron remains his only competition -- his 1997 super-blockbuster, "Titanic," which took HK$114.5 million ($14.8 million) during its six-month run. That "Avatar" has passed the HK$100 million benchmark in merely 26 days in Hong Kong can be partly attributed to the almost 100% admission price spike for the 3D screenings, but it also means the 12-year record held by "Titanic" is poised to be broken in the coming weeks.

The 3D film has also outstripped the previous second-place holder, Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park," by a wide margin, which took HK$61.9 million ($7.96 million) in 1993, according to the Hong Kong Motion Pictures Industry Association.

The highest-grossing Hong Kong films were from the local king of the boxoffice, Stephen Chow, whose "Kung Fu Hustle" raked in HK$61.3 million ($7.88 million) in 2004, and "Shaolin Soccer" grossed HK$60.7 million ($7.8 million) in 2001.
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