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The Golden Rock Box Office Report - 1/7/2008

- Hong Kong had a real busy weekend at the box office, with the leftover Christmas films competing with five opening films on Sunday, only two of which opened on more than 20 screens. Last weekend’s winner Alien Vs. Predator 2 wins this weekend again, making HK$460,001 from 40 screens on Sunday for a 11-day total of HK$12.83 million. Among the opening films, Ridley Scott’s American Gangster came out on top, making HK$1.49 million over 4 days from 25 screens (that’s a typo on now.com). The other wide release, the Hong Kong horror film Yes, I See Dead People (a major contender for “Worst Title of the Year” already.), opened on Friday instead of the usual Thursday on 26 screens and has since only made HK$510,000 over 3 days.

Wong Kar-Wai’s English-language debut My Blueberry Nights opened on only 14 screens, but made a not-bad HK$268,445 for a 4-day total of HK$1.02 million. All the WKW fans probably will finish showing up this coming weekend, and will wrap things up at around 3-4 million. The Korean-American co-production August Rush opened on 12 screens and did not too bad with HK$133,491 on Sunday for a HK$490,000 total. Lastly, Feng Xiaogang’s The Assembly opened on only 11 screens in Hong Kong. With only HK$430,000 in the bank, it’s not likely to match its performance in Mainland China, where it will somewhat surprisingly gross more than Peter Chan’s The Warlords.

Speaking of The Warlords, it’s still hanging in there by making HK$356,662 from 33 screens for a 25-day total of HK$25.38 million, making it the official winner of the 2007 Christmas season…..unless Alien VS. Predator decides to catch up. National Treasure: Book of Secrets sees a strong third weekend with HK$408,600 from 31 screens, putting HK$15.72 million in the bank after 18 days. Another film with a solid 18-day take is the North American flop The Golden Compass with HK$13.94 million total after a Sunday gross of HK$244,267 from 30 screens.

Sadly, the only Cantonese film of the Christmas market, Pang Ho-Cheung’s Trivial Matters, dropped out of the top 10 with less than a HK$3 million gross total.

- As for Japanese box office attendance rankings, I Am Legend takes the top spot for the 4th time at the end of the New Years holiday. The surprise is the surge by the puppy film A Tale of Mari and Three Puppies, which climbed back to 2nd place after dropping to 4th last weekend. Two other films that surprisingly climbed back up are Tsubaki Sanjuro (9th this week from 11th last week) and the Japanese period film Chacha (from a disastrous 12th place opening to 15th, then back to 10th this week). More as the numbers come in.

- South Korean film’s box office gross has dipped for the first time in ten years, as it suffered a 5.5% drop from last year. Whatever goes up has to go down. Hopefully the drop will stabilize and indicate a steady production level for Korean film to be successful enough without overcrowding the market.

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