Toys beat ogres at Hong Kong boxoffice

'Toy Story 3' could turn in 2010's strongest performance

HONG KONG -- Woody, Buzz Lightyear and his gang blew the competition away in their third outing, with “Toy Stoy 3” topping the Hong Kong boxoffice with a HK$25.7 million ($3.3 million) take in its opening weekend. 

The Pixar 3D animated film grossed more in four days than its main competitor, Dreamworks Animation’s “Shrek Forever After”, did in more than two weeks. The green ogre’s fourth and final appearance at multiplexes managed to take HK$3.5 million in its third weekend and came in third in the top 10, with a combined gross of HK$25.1 million.

“Toy Story 3” has overtaken the best opening numbers this year so far; previously it was another one of Disney’s 3D spectacles, Tim Burton’s live action “Alice in Wonderland," which opened with HK$22 million in March and went on to become the highest-grossing film of 2010 with a HK$44 million Hong Kong total, a number the toys are expected to surpass in the next week or so. The above releases were all distributed by Intercontinental, which has been enjoying a strong run so far this year.

Adrien Brody starrer “Predators” came in second from Thursday to Sunday with HK$4.2 million for an 11-day total of HK$10 million, while “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” took HK$1.9 million, for a total of HK$15.2 million since its June 30 opening.

As for local releases, comedy “La Comédie Humaine” has been making steady progress through good word-of-mouth and took fourth place with HK$3 million in four days, more than in the previous seven-day period, for a two-week total of HK$5.2 million; "Derek Yee’s actioner “Triple Tap," in its third week of release, took sixth place for an accumulated gross of HK$6.99 million, ahead of this week’s eighth place finisher, “The Legend is Born – Ip Man," whose four-week total came to HK$6.9 million.