Local film productions boost Hong Kong box office

5 July 2012 23 h 26 min Comments Off

Four locally-made films claimed premium spots in the Hong Kong box office chart for the first half of the year. Overall box office soared by 19%.

The MPIA data showed box office receipts climbed from HK$633 million ($81.7 million) in the first six months of last year to HK$754 million ($97 million). The number of films on release was scarcely changed with a total of 140 new releases (compared with 144 in the first half of 2011). Of these 23 (24) were local, and 117 (119) imports.

Hong Kong’s local champions included comedy drama “Love in the Buff” and drama “A Simple Life”, which ranked fourth and fifth respectively ahead of (still on release) “Prometheus”, according to data from the Motion Picture Industry Association Ltd (MPIA).

Top 10 films in BO

1-  “The Avengers” HK$96 million ($12.4 million)

2- “Men In Black 3″

3- “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”.

4- “Love in the Buff” (HK)

5- “A Simple Life” (HK)

6- “Prometheus” (HK)

7- “The Viral Factor” (HK)

8- “The Hunger Games”

9- “Battleship”.

10- “I Love Hong Kong 2012″

Source: MPIA

Also charting strongly was action thriller “The Viral Factor” which beat “The Hunger Games” and “Battleship”. Filling tenth spot was local Chinese New Year comedy “I Love Hong Kong 2012″.

There was no denying the runaway winner, however, was “The Avengers“. It scored a colossal HK$96 million ($12.4 million), more than double the second placed (still on release) “Men In Black 3″ and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”.

SOURCES: Film Business Asia, chinesefilms.cn (04/07/12)

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