As the peak Chinese New Year holiday period continues in Hong Kong, Media Asia's Magic Kitchen and China Star's Fantasia switched places at the top of the chart but continue to dominate the box office leaving most other holiday releases in the dust.
Magic Kitchen, starring box office queen Sammi Cheng as an unlucky-in-love chef, has a cumulative gross of US$2.58m. But Fantasia - a star-packed comedy that pays tribute to local movie stars of the 1970s - is the biggest Chinese New Year release, with a cumulative gross of US$3.17m.
Several US studio films were released over the holiday - including Paycheck directed by Hong Kong's own John Woo, Peter Pan and Looney Tunes Back In Action. However, Disney animation and Japanese scenery - albeit shot in New Zealand - proved most popular. Brother Bear held on to third place in the chart in its second week while The Last Samurai is holding over well in its third week and has a cumulative gross of US$1.18m.
Universe Entertainment's Protégé De La Rose Noire, starring white-hot pop duo Twins, entered the chart in fifth position after only two days on release.