‘Battle’ victorious at box office

Pic brings in $736,000 on 47 screens

HONG KONG — Jacob Cheung’s historical actioner “A Battle of Wits” enjoyed a huge lead at the Hong Kong box office its opening weekend.

“Wits” brought in HK$5.7 million ($736,000) on 47 screens in Hong Kong between Thursday and Sunday. Pic was produced by Sundream and distributed here by Edko Films.

It also opened in China, Malaysia and Singapore, and will bow Dec. 8 in Taiwan and late January/February in Japan and South Korea.

Sundream rep called the opening numbers “very encouraging,” but said last week’s cooler weather didn’t help draw people from their homes.

Coming in second for the weekend was “The Guardian,” starring Kevin Costner. Pic, handled by Intercontinental, is in its second week and brought in $145,400 for the weekend.

Japanese horror pic “Ghost Train,” also handled by Intercontinental, trailed in third with $113,000 for the four days.

The Andy Lau starrer was a co-production between Sundream, Japan’s Comstock, Korea’s Boram and China’s Huayi Brothers.

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