Hong Kong Box Office: Local Comedies Beat Hollywood Releases Over Chinese New Year

1:16 AM PST 02/04/2014 by Karen Chu
"Golden Chicken SSS"

The top four highest-grossing films were Chinese-language productions, while "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" and "Saving Mr. Banks" fared less well.

HONG KONG – Audience flocked to see the Sandra Ng's Golden Chicken SSS during the Chinese New Year holiday, making it the box office champion of the Jan 30 through February 2 period.

The comedy raked up $1.8 million (HK$14 million) during the four-day period, according to Hong Kong Box Office Ltd., a subsidiary of the Hong Kong Motion Pictures Industry Association and the Hong Kong Theatres Association.

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Four of the top eight new releases were Chinese-language Hong Kong productions or Hong Kong-China co-productions, breaking the traditional dominance of Hollywood imports during the Chinese New Year time slot. In 2013, the top grossing film during the same period was the Bruce Willis vehicle A Good Day to Die Hard, which took $1.54 million.

Coming in second is the casino comedy From Vegas to Macau, directed by Wong Jing and starring Chow Yun-fat (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End) and Nicholas Tse (The Stool Pigeon), which grossed $1.48 million.

In third place is Hong Kong-China co-produced fantasy epic The Monkey King, which made $1.47 million. The Monkey King, starring Donnie Yen as the titular hero, as well as Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok (Cold War), is a record-making blockbuster in China, where it broke the record for the biggest opening day with $20.3 million (123 million yuan).

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The fourth on the Hong Kong list is Hello Babies, starring Raymond Wong (The Happy Ghost), Eric Tsang (Infernal Affairs), and Sandra Ng, which took $907,000.

Hollywood imports did not fare as well. Franchise relauncher Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit came in fifth place, taking $317,000, followed by the Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson starrer Saving Mr. Banks, which took $190,000.

Rounding out the list is Chinese animated feature Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf 6, which grossed $80,000, and the Spanish animation Justin and the Knights of Valour, which took $70,000.

Total box office during the four-day holiday was $6.6 million, a 15.6 percent rise from the $5.7 million gross during the same period in 2013.

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