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.

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