'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Tops Hong Kong Summer Box Office
Robots smashed their way to $12.6 million
Since part of the film took place in Hong Kong, it was no surprise that Transformers: Age of Extinction topped the Hong Kong summer box office. The still-showing Michael Bay-directed blockbuster took $7 million during the two-month period of July 1 to August 31, to an accumulated gross of $12.6 million since its bow on June 26.
According to Hong Kong Box Office Ltd., a subsidiary of the Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association and Hong Kong Theatres Association, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was in second place in the top 10 summer lineup, grossing $4.7 million since its release on July 17. The U.S. champion of the summer, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, took third place with $3.2 million, lagging substantially behind Marvel's spring release, Captain America: Winter Soldier, which collected $7.3 million in Hong Kong in April and May.
Director Luc Besson's Scarlett Johansson-starrer, Lucy, was in fourth place with $2.4 million, slightly ahead of Warner Bros.' Into the Storm, which grossed $2.2 million since its opening on August 14. How to Train Your Dragon 2 was in sixth place, with a $2.1 million take.
The highest grossing Chinese-language film during the summer was the Taiwanese romance Cafe Waiting Love, which raked in $1.9 million since its release in mid-August. The best performing Hong Kong production, meanwhile, was Edko Film's Temporary Family, which starred Sammi Cheng (Blind Detective) and Nick Cheung (Unbeatable), and took $1.7 million since its release on August 21.
The total accumulated gross over the summer was $40 million, a 18.7 percent drop from the same period in 2013. The decrease was attributed to the World Cup, which took place in early summer.
Fifty-one films were released this summer, and among them, only four were Hong Kong productions — three less than the seven Hong Kong productions shown last summer. There were 47 foreign imported films at the box office, eight more than the 39 released during July and August in 2013.