Audiences are dumping Cantonese films in favour of Hollywood releases, a survey has revealed. Receipts for local films plummeted to $634 million last year from $1.25 billion in 1992, while foreign film revenue had increased 66 per cent over the same period to $518 million. The survey, conducted by the KPS video chain, revealed film quality and genre choice were driving out local films. Chinese-language film critic Paul Fonoroff said increasing ticket prices made movie-goers more selective. 'A few years ago when it was cheaper, the attitude was, 'Let's go see a movie', but now people are thinking more carefully about the films they go and see to ensure value for money,' he said. 'Also, the laser disc and video CD market is a contributing factor, as films are coming out on these formats so quickly after their run in the cinemas.'