Media Asiadetective thriller Breaking News,directed by Johnnie To, managed to dislodge TheDay After Tomorrow from the top of the Hong Kong box office, grossingUS$720,270 from 35 screens in its opening week.

The film, whichrecently screened in an out of competition slot at the Cannes Film Festival,stars Kelly Chen as a female cop who attempts to boost the image of the policeby taking live TV cameras inside a besieged building.

To is renownedinternationally for his gritty crime thrillers, but recently he's focused onromantic comedies for the domestic market. BreakingNews has been acquired by several European territories and appears to marka return to a style of Hong Kong filmmaking which can succeed both at home andoverseas.