Box office contenders

Some time ago, there was a site that showcased Hong Kong box office information in English. I’ve always been curious as to how Hollywood movies fared in Hong Kong, especially since 1993 was the beginning of the end for that city’s film industry, so here are the Hollywood movies which were taking on homegrown productions. If you go to the YesAsia site, you can find out what the Chinese titles translate to e.g. Predator is known as Iron Blood Warrior.


1993


JURASSIC PARK: 29/07/1993 – 24/11/1993 | (HK$): 62,234,335


CLIFFHANGER: 03/06/1993 – 21/07/1993 | (HK$): 23,496,624


LAST ACTION HERO: 15/07/1993 – 18/08/1993 | (HK$): 18,897,375


THE WEDDING BANQUET: 09/09/1993 – 10/11/1993 | (HK$): 15,468,810


INDECENT PROPOSAL: 24/06/1993 – 22/09/1993 | (HK$): 15,611,853


ALADDIN: 15/07/1993 – 08/09/1993 | (HK$): 13,408,954


DEMOLITION MAN: 16/12/1993 – 19/01/1994 | (HK$): 13,283,636


THE FUGITIVE: 21/10/1993 – 22/12/1993 | (HK$): 12,762,937


SLIVER: 14/10/1993 – 17/12/1993 | (HK$): 10,879,419


SOMMERSBY: 03/06/1993 – 11/08/1993 | (HK$): 10,684,600


1994



SPEED: 30/06/1994 – 30/11/1994 | (HK$): 46,430,056


TRUE LIES: 25/08/1994 – 30/11/1994 | (HK$): 37,225,816


FORREST GUMP: 15/12/1994 – 01/06/1995 | (HK$): 33,565,555


SCHINDLER’S LIST: 17/03/1994 – 10/08/1994 | (HK$): 19,908,526


THE MASK: 27/10/1994 – 28/12/1994 | (HK$): 18,068,058


THE FLINTSTONES: 28/07/1994 – 14/09/1994 | (HK$): 17,820,647


THE LION KING: 08/07/1994 – 16/09/1994 | Box Office (HK$): 15,828,828


THE SPECIALIST: 08/12/1994 – 27/01/1995 | Box Office (HK$): 13,712,185


FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL: 25/08/1994 – 30/11/1994 | (HK$): 11,244,836


CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER: 20/10/1994 – 07/12/1994 | (HK$): 11,180,481


Despite Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Timecop doing top business everywhere, it didn’t register to H.K. audiences despite the fact that JCVD had achieved the status of being one of John Woo’s leading men. Speaking of time travel, it’s fascinating to note that Robert Zemeckis had more success at the H.K. box office with Forrest Gump than any part of his time travel trilogy.


1995


DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE: 08/06/1995 – 24/08/1995 | (HK$): 32,720,595


BATMAN FOREVER: 29/06/1995 – 23/08/1995 | (HK$): 26,106,199


SEVEN : 30/11/1995 – 15/02/1996 | (HK$): 25,914,393


CASPER: 27/07/1995 – 13/09/1995 |(HK$): 20,736,190


LEON : THE PROFESSIONAL: 16/02/1995 – 23/08/1995 | (HK$): 19,922,335


GOLDENEYE: 21/12/1995 – 01/02/1996 | (HK$): 19,528,560


SHOWGIRLS: 01/11/1995 – 25/01/1996 | (HK$): 18,911,740


OUTBREAK: 13/04/1995 – 05/07/1995 | (HK$): 18,305,155


APOLLO 13: 14/09/1995 – 20/12/1995 | (HK$): 17,693,140


WATERWORLD: 24/08/1995 – 19/10/1995 | (HK$): 16,870,355



The income of Die Hard 3 and Batman 3 interests me because of the below data.


DIE HARD: 19/10/88 – 09/12/88 | (HK$) 11,842,756


DIE HARD 2: 16/08/90 – 11/11/90 | (HK$) 14,639,222


BATMAN: 26/01/90 – 15/02/90 | (HK$): 8,982,492


BATMAN RETURNS: 13/08/1992 – 10/9/1992 | (HK$): 8,376,914


BATMAN & ROBIN: 17/07/1997 – 10/09/1997 | Box Office (HK$): 16,776,200.


As for the alien franchise that was teased on my cover, Predator earned H.K.$ 8,201,018 during its run from July 9 to July 29 in 1987. As for Predator 2, it earned H.K.$ 7,412,904 in 1990. Alien vs. Predator earned H.K.$ 11,033,714 from September 9 to October 6 in 2004. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem earned H.K.$ 14,667,577 from December 27 in 2007 to January 27 in 2008. Predators earned H.K.$ 11,385,827 from July 8 to August 1 in 2010. The Predator earned H.K.$ 14,973,483 from September 13 to October 3 in 2018.

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