Big first-half jump at Chinese boxoffice

Hong Kong, Hollywood drive rise in ticket sales

SHANGHAI -- China's urban cinemas earned more than 1.6 billion yuan ($230 million) from January to June, a 50% jump from the same period in 2007, helped up by strong showings from Hong Kong and Hollywood films.

The state-owned China Film Group said late Wednesday that urban boxoffice revenue in the first half of the year was earned from more than 64 million tickets sold, 50% more than the number sold in the first half of 2007.

Hong Kong film "CJ7," directed by and starring Stephen Chow, led the way, selling tickets worth 202 million yuan ($29 million) during the period. CFG said four movies earned more than 100 million yuan ($14.6 million), including local sports film "Kung Fu Dunk," Hollywood co-production "The Forbidden Kingdom," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Iron Man."