Bawdy, sophomoric comedy reviving Sandra Ng's mama-san character of a decade ago.
The Monkey King
The CGI outperforms the humans in an action-packed version of the pesky ape's youth.
That Demon Within haunts HK Easter
Rio 2 third-placed
Pang Ho-cheung's Aberdeen to open Udine
Thermae Romae II to close Italian festival
China box office up 29.3% in 2014 Q1
Domestic films take 65% share
Frozen continues Japan reign
13% week-on-week increase
Lu Chuan joins Le Vision Pictures
Company's 2014 slate of 15 films announced
Bona profits up in 2013
16% year-on-year increase
Smaug rules over China box office
Beijing Love Story takes 73% drop
Monkey King joins billion yuan club
3rd Chinese film to cross China box office milestone
Miike Takashi dethrones Eternal Zero in Japan
Jack Ryan third-placed
Beijing Love Story feels the love at China B.O.
RMB200 million in 4 days
Beijing Love Story resets China 2-D record
New Valentine's Day B.O. record
Monkey King maintains reign at China B.O.
New release Frozen fourth-placed
Extended cut of Golden Chickensss to open
New scenes shot last week
Monkey King heads record-breaking New Year
86% year-on-year increase in China
Twa-tiu-tiann bests RoboCop and Jack Ryan
Local time travel comedy leads Taipei box office
Monkey King has record opening in China
Where Are We Going, Dad? close on admissions
Boonie Bears atop China B.O. for second weekend
Takes record as China's highest grossing animation
The Attorney joins 10 million club
South Korean drama is ninth local film to cross admissions milestone
Boonie Bears sets China animation record
Jack Ryan second-placed
Despicable Me 2 beats Ender's Game in China
Hello Babies fourth-placed
Iron Man, Unbeatable top 2013 Hong Kong B.O.
Total revenue up by 4.2%
Firestorm tops Xmas B.O. in Hong Kong
Frozen top foreign film; 11% year-on-year increase
Golden Chickensss set for Lunar New Year
Sandra Ng returns; Matt Chow directs
Local films fill China December line-up
New Feng Xiaogang, Ning Hao, Jackie Chan films
Mega-Vision close deals on Vegas to Macau
AFM lineup includes Once Upon a Time in Shanghai
Celestial Tiger signs new output deals
TV rights for movie channels in three territories
SPL2, Wolf Totem get China govt green light
New films by Gu Changwei and Wong Jing also approved
Monsters sets Hong Kong animation record
Pixar’s latest has best opening day for an animated film
Hong Kong BO growth slows in 2013
Box office revenue up 1.43% in first half of 2013
Chinese films corner December dates
Police Story joins Personal Tailor and Monkey King
High profile Chinese films lock dates
Dates for Badges of Fury, The Palace, My Lucky Star and Monkey King
Hollywood maintains grip on HK CNY
Die Hard conquers Stephen Chow's Journey to the West
Hong Kong BO up 12% in 2012
Just one local film in top ten
Hollywood holds Hong Kong holidays
Three day box office up 4.63% on 2011 numbers
Local films boost Hong Kong BO
Avengers tops chart; Love and Life essential viewing
Buff the winner at HK Easter parade
Box office bulges in holiday period
Summer sizzles at HK box office
Releases tumble as blockbusters dominate
Golden Chickensss leads HK lunar box office
By Kevin Ma
Wed, 05 February 2014, 09:30 AM (HKT)
Local films finally returned to the top of the Lunar New Year box office this year, according to figures released by Hong Kong's Motion Picture Industry Association Ltd (MPIA) 香港電影協會.
All four new local releases dominated the holiday weekend, led by comedy Golden Chickensss 金雞ｓｓｓ. The third film in the franchise, the Matt CHOW 鄒凱光 film made HK$14 million (US$1.81 million) between 30 Jan (New Year's Eve) and 2 Feb (the third day of the new year). After five days on release (plus five days of local previews), it has made HK$20.8 million (US$2.68 million).
Over the same period, WONG Jing 王晶's From Vegas to Macau 賭城風雲 was a close second with HK$19.4 million (US$2.49 million), making it the director's highest-grossing film in Hong Kong since The Tricky Master 千王之王２０００ (1999) (HK$19.1 million, US$2.46 million). The gambling comedy, starring CHOW Yun-fat 周潤發 and Nicholas TSE 謝霆鋒, is third-placed in Mainland China for the holiday.
Released in 3-D and 2-D, The Monkey King 西遊記之大鬧天宮 opened on 29 Jan and made HK$15.3 million (US$1.97 million) on its first six days of release. Opening one day earlier, Vincent Kok's Hello Babies 六福喜事 was fourth-placed with HK$11 million (US$1.41 million) over its first seven days.
The overwhelming success of local film was partly due to the relative weakness in this year's foreign film selections. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was the top new foreign film, making only HK$3.05 million (US$393,000) on its first five days of release. After five days plus two weekends of previews, Disney's Saving Mr. Banks has made only HK$3.11 million (US$400,000).
Total revenue during the four-day holiday period was HK$51.1 million (US$6.59 million). This represents a year-on-year increase of 15.6% from 2013's HK$44.2 million (US$5.7 million). In addition to the strength of local films, this year's increase can also be attributed to the extended holiday, lasting five days instead of the usual four because one of the public holidays fell on a Sunday.
Last year, A Good Day to Die Hard was the top film over the holiday, grossing HK$12 million (HK$1.55 million) for a total of HK$28.7 million (US$3.7 million).