'Transformers' Comes Out on Top as Hollywood Dominates Hong Kong Box Office in 2014

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Only two local productions made the top 10

Transformers: Age of Extinction was king of the Hong Kong box office in 2014, while Marvel's Captain America: Winter Soldier followed in second place as total box office amounted to $211.7 million, a 1.32 percent increase from the $209 million recorded in 2013.

Michael Bay's robot blockbuster, which topped the charts in neighboring China, raked in $12.6 million in Hong Kong during its two-and-a-half-month summer run. Local takings were no doubt helped by the use of Hong Kong for key parts of the film, including the climax. 

Captain America's second outing collected $7.3 million from April to the end of May.

Superhero movies did well in Hong Kong last year, as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came in third with $7 million, and fifth place went to X-Men: Days of Future Past, which took in $6.5 million.

Splitting the two comic book adaptations was Interstellar, which has made $6.6 million since its Nov. 6 release.

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During the golden years of Hong Kong film production in the '70s and '80s and even up to the '90s, local movies would dominate year-end lists. Overall, a total 310 movies were released in 2014 — the same number as in 2013 — among them, only 51 were Hong Kong films, with 259 foreign imports.

This year, the highest placing domestic film was Golden Chickensss in sixth. Matt Chow's comedy, which featured Hong Kong's biggest stars — Donnie Yen, Andy Lau, Louis Koo, Tony Leung Ka-fai and Sandra Ng — and was boosted by a release during the lucrative Chinese New Year holiday period last Februarymade $5.3 million. 

The Angelina Jolie-starrer Maleficent did a respectable $5.26 million, in seventh place, while Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held eighth place with $4.8 million. It was closely followed by the still-showing Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which totaled an impressive $4.7 million.

The Chow Yun-fat-starrer From Vegas to Macau, another local production, occupied 10th place with $4.3 million. A sequel is in the works for a Chinese New Year 2015 release in February.

Hong Kong's Top 10 films of 2014:

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction $12.6 million

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $7.3 million

3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $7 million

4. Interstellar $6.6 million

5. X-Men: Days of Future Past $6.5 million

6. Golden Chickensss $5.3 million

7. Maleficent $5.26 million

8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $4.8 million

9. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb $4.7 million

10. From Vegas to Macau $4.3 million.