The central government won't be very happy about this. Patriotism, at least in local cinemas, doesn't seem to be as strong as our leaders probably hope. The opening-day box-office tallies are in from the National Day weekend and - shockingly for members of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong - the mainland-produced, star-studded epic The Founding of a Republic (right) didn't finish first. In fact, the drama, co-directed by Han Sanping and Huang Jianxin, recounting the beginning in 1949 of Communist Party rule, didn't even take second place. The film took in HK$1.07 million on 37 screens on its first day. While the result may be quite good, it's not as good as the sci-fi blockbuster District 9, which made HK$1.1 million on 34 screens. The big surprise, though, is that a computer whizz-kid's flick called Garfield's Pet Force (3D) (left) grabbed second place with HK$1.08 million on 28 screens. Talk about losing face - Chairman Mao gets trumped by a fat wiseacre animated cat.