For the January to end of June period overall box office increased by 3% to US$132 million (HK$1.02 billion.) That is up from US$127 million (HK$985 million) in the equivalent first semester, according to data from Hong Kong Box Office, a service operated by Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association Hong Kong Theatres Association.
Top of the heap was “Captain America: Civil War” with a massive US$14.4 million (HK$113 million,) ahead of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” on US$8.03 million (HK$62.2 million) and “Deadpool” on US$7.48 million (HK$58.0 million.)
The top-ranked film considered as a local film by HKBO was the Stephen Chow-directed “The Mermaid,” with US$7.12 million (HK$55.2 million) grossed in Hong Kong. The film was released in mainland China at Chinese New Year in February and ran away with the all time record of RMB3.39 billion or US$510 million at current exchange rates.
They were followed by “Zootopia,” “X-Men: Apocalypse,” Now You See Me 2,” Good Dinosaur,” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”
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The U.S.-Chinese co-production “Kung Fu Panda 3” took tenth place at the half year with a score of US$3.24 million (HK$25.1 million.)