China Star's supernatural comedy, My Left Eye Sees Ghosts, (pictured) possessed the top spot at the Hong Kong box office this week, grossing HK$7.79m ($1m) from 46 screens in the five days to July 17.
The film features the lucrative combination of star Sammi Cheng and director-producers Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai, who together struck gold in summer 2000 with Needing You and last summer with Love On A Diet.
It also combines two of the most popular genres in Hong Kong - romantic comedy and the ghost genre. Cheng plays a rich widow who discovers she can see ghosts after recovering from a near fatal car accident. She then attempts to contact her dead husband.
The film is only the third Hong Kong production this year to pass the $1m mark in its opening week. Golden Harvest's Marry A Rich Man grossed $1.53m (HK$11.96m) when it opened over Chinese New Year in February, while China Star's Fat Choi Spirit grossed $1.15m (HK$8.96m) over the same period.
Minority Report came in second in its second week with $830,958 from 59 screens while Lilo & Stitch, which opened two days before My Left Eye Sees Ghosts, came in third with $599,061 from 33 screens. The only other Hong Kong film to open this week, Fruit Chan's Hollywood Hong Kong, distributed by Golden Scene, scored the highest screen average of $23,824.
Meanwhile Singaporean film, I Not Stupid, also distributed by Golden Scene, continues to perform above expectations and has taken $448,516 after four weeks on release.