Pic drops only 31% in its second weekend
HONG KONG – Three new releases peppered the Hong Kong weekend box office, but they failed to pierce the body armor of “The Dark Knight.”Warner’s Batpic in its second weekend dropped only 31% and stashed another HK$11.3 million ($1.45 million) under its cape, giving an 11 day haul of $4.55 million. “Knight”‘s take accounted for fully 51% of the $2.83 million Hong Kong weekend box office. Given the caped crusader’s stranglehold, Disney/Pixar’s “Wall-E” took a decent $799,000 from 38 venues in its opening weekend and came in second with a 28% share of the market. Fox’s “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” came in fourth with just $195,000 from 29 locations in its opening frame. The remaining opener, “Before the Devil Knows you are Dead” took $11,100 from three locations. Splitting the top two newcomers was Mei Ah/Edko’s “Red Cliff,” in its third frame. The John Woo-helmed Chinese epic shed a further 63% with a gross that fell to $209,000 for the weekend. Its cume after 18 days stands at $2.87 million, which puts it ahead of “Wanted,” which after five weeks still ranked tenth in the chart and claims a total of $2.86 million. Other titles still hanging in were “Kung Fu Panda” with a fifth weekend figure of $91,300 for a cume of $3.91 million and “Hancock” adding $24,100 in its fourth weekend for a total of $3.02 million.