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The top 10 Hong Kong box office hits of the first half of 2017, from Beauty and the Beast to Love Off the Cuff

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 July, 2017, 4:17pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 July, 2017, 4:17pm

Despite scattered backlash to its purported gay content from both a Christian school and an anti-gay protest group, Disney’s live-action musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is the runaway box office champion in Hong Kong cinemas in the first six months of 2017.

The top 10 box office hits of 2017 are so far dominated by the usual suspects of superhero sequels and effects-driven spectacles. La La Land, the Oscars-winning musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a pair of star-crossed lovers, also grossed a very respectable HK$34.8 million and is ranked at number eight.

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While there were 26 Hong Kong films released in the first half of 2017, none ranked on the overall top 10 list. The highest-grossing local production of the year by far is Love Off the Cuff, the third instalment in writer-director Pang Ho-cheung’s popular romantic comedy series.

The total box office gross from January to June, at HK$976 million, was down 4.15 per cent from the same period in 2016.

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The 10 highest grossing films in Hong Kong in the first half of 2017:

1. Beauty and the Beast (HK$67.2 million)

2. Fast & Furious 8 (HK$47.7 million)

3. Wonder Woman (HK$45.2 million, still showing)

4. The Boss Baby (HK$41.8 million, still showing)

5. Logan (HK$38.5 million)

6. The Mummy (HK$35.4 million, still showing)

7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (HK$35 million, still showing)

8. La La Land (HK$34.8 million)

9. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (HK$33.3 million, still showing)

10. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (HK$32.2 million)

The 10 highest grossing Hong Kong films in the first half of 2017:

1. Love Off the Cuff (HK$30.3 million)

2. Shock Wave (HK$25.4 million, still showing)

3. Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (HK$23.6 million)

4. Mad World (HK$16.8 million)

5. The Yuppie Fantasia 3 (HK$16.2 million)

6. 29+1 (HK$15.2 million, still showing)

7. 77 Heartbreaks (HK$11.6 million, still showing)

8. Vampire Cleanup Department (HK$9.5 million)

9. The Sleep Curse (HK$4.2 million, still showing)

10. Love Contractually (HK$3.7 million)

The box office figures quoted were released by the Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association.

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