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'Avatar' takes HK boxoffice crown

Cameron tops 'Titanic' in just over a month

HONG KONG -- James Cameron’s “Avatar” has snatched the all-time Hong Kong boxoffice crown from himself, surpassing “Titanic” with a to-date tally of HK$115.5 million (US$14.8 million) for its 33-day run, up to the night shows of January 18.
 
“Titanic” grossed HK$114.9 million during its 195-day release in 1997-8, which nearly doubled the boxoffice take of the former champion, “Jurassic Park,” which took HK$61.9 million in 1993, according to the Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association.
 
Cameron’s action epic has also made history with a series of boxoffice records in Hong Kong. It became the first film to top the local boxoffice each day during its whole 33-day run, the fastest to break the HK$50 million mark, and the highest-grossing December film.
 
“Avatar” will continue its run through the lucrative Chinese New Year holidays in mid-February, according to 20th Century Fox in Hong Kong.