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'Apple of My Eye' Sets Box-Office Record in Hong Kong

Dean Napolitano The Wall Street Journal 01/05/2012 02:58
‘You Are the Apple of My Eye’ star Ko Chen-tung celebrates his win at the Golden Horse Awards.

‘You Are the Apple of My Eye’ star Ko Chen-tung celebrates his win at the Golden Horse Awards.


“You Are the Apple of My Eye” (那些年,我們一起追的女孩) over the New Year’s weekend became Hong Kong’s highest-grossing Chinese-language film, breaking a record previously held by “Kung Fu Hustle” (功夫).



The movie from Taiwanese writer-director Giddens Ko, who goes by the pen name Nine Knives (九把刀), has now earned 61.4 million Hong Kong dollars (US$7.9 million) since its Oct. 20 opening, according to Hong Kong’s Motion Picture Industry Association. That’s enough to overtake 2004′s action-comedy “Kung Fu Hustle,” starring Stephen Chow (周星馳), which earned HK$61.3 million during its initial release.

“You Are the Apple of My Eye” is still in theaters and thereby sure to increase its final tally. In Taiwan, it pulled in 410 million New Taiwan dollars (US$13.5 million), according to Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan, one of the film’s producers. (It earned US$2.3 million in Singapore and US$1.4 million in Malaysia, according to Sony.)


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