Magazine article Screen International

Hong Kong Box Office Soars by 19% in First Half of 2012

Magazine article Screen International

Hong Kong Box Office Soars by 19% in First Half of 2012

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Hong Kong's box office increased by 19% to $97.22m (HK$753.97m) in the first half of 2012, compared to $81.65m (HK$633.19m) in the first half of last year.

A total of 140 films were released during this period, including 117 US and other foreign films and 23 Chinese films. The top-grossing film was The Avengers, with a whopping $12.45m, followed by Men In Black 3 ($5.69m) and Chinese New Year release Journey 2: Mysterious Island ($4.54m).

However four Hong Kong films managed to rank in the top ten, including Pang Ho Cheung's Love In The Buff and Ann Hui's A Simple Life which ranked fourth and fifth with $3.61m and $3.58m respectively.

Both were critically acclaimed films with themes and characters that reflect the experiences of Hong Kong people, rather than big-budget costume dramas aimed at the mainland market, which Hong Kong audiences tend to shy away from.

Also ranking in the top ten were Dante Lam's globe-trotting action picture The Viral Factor, which grossed $2. …

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