Warner Bros' first foray into Chinese-language film production, Johnnie To's Turn Left, Turn Right, had a strong opening in Hong Kong, grossing US$988,574 and a screen average of US$26,718 in its first week.
The results are particularly impressive for a romantic drama - amongst local productions, comedies usually dominate the box office in Hong Kong. However, the film was no doubt given a boost by opening over the Mid-Autumn Festival - traditionally a romantic holiday for young couples.
Meanwhile, Mei Ah Entertainment's Men Suddenly In Black also opened strongly, grossing US$807,112 from 37 screens for second place. A polar opposite to Turn Left, Turn Right in terms of content, the film is a dark comedy about a group of men who set off on a 14-hour brothel visit when their wives go on a day trip to Thailand. It's directed by Edmond Pang Ho-cheung - a novelist turned director whose 2001 debut, I Shoot, You Shoot, was also well received.