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|GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD opens on top of the Hong Kong box office|
|JOURNEY TO THE WEST's opening is less than outstanding|
|Alan Tam and Veronica Yip's I LOVE HONG KONG 2013 opens with only 340,000|
|HOTEL DELUXE opens average in Hong Kong but big in the Mainland|
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GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, HOTEL DELUXE (BAK SING JAU DIM), JOURNEY TO THE WEST (SAI YAU GONG MOR PIN), I LOVE HONG KONG 2013 (2013 NGOR OI HK GUNG HEI FAT CHOI) opened to welcome the Lunar New Year two days ago. The 3 Hong Kong comedies were no match for Bruce Willis, as A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD defeated them at the opening day box office and the cumulative box office with the late shows and advanced screenings. A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD accumulated HK$1.76 million, JOURNEY made 1.72 million and lost by a nose.
In the past comedies ruled the Lunar New Year slot. Few action films were released because they were considered unlucky. However the Bruce Willis starred A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD chose to face 3 Hong Kong films at the Lunar New Year slot. The opponents included the box office guarantee Stephen Chow Sing Chi's JOURNEY TO THE WEST, comedy actor ensemble Ronald Cheng Chung Kei, Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, Chapman To Man Jat, Jim Chim Shui Man and Raymond Wong Pak Ming's HOTEL DELUXE, and the comeback of Veronica Yip Yuk Hing with Alan Tam Wing Lun and Eric Tsang Chi Wai, I LOVE HONG KONG 2013. Perhaps viewers have grown tired of the ensemble comedies as HOTEL DELUXE and I LOVE HONG KONG 2013 only had average box office. The former opened with 720,000 while the latter only had 340,000. However, HOTEL DELUXE opened in the Mainland on February 1 and already made over 44 million yuan RMB over 7 days.
Perhaps because Sing Yeh only directed and not starred, JOURNEY TO THE WEST opened with only 990,000. With the late shows and advanced screenings the cumulative box office was 1.72 million. It was unable to match his previous film CJ7's over 3 million opening. With the Lunar New Year holiday on the way, we shall see if Sing Yeh will be able to overtake the foreign competition. JOURNEY will open nationwide tomorrow. Some estimated that its Mainland box office will head for 1 billion yuan RMB.