Since I last wrote, not many movies have broken the RM1 million B.O. mark.
Below are the numbers as posted on Finas's website.
|29.||JALAN KEMBALI||SKOP PRODUCTION||80||28||4.98||Selesai Tayang|
|30.||14.06.12||JIWA TAIKO||NUANSA PRODUCTION||64||21||0.62||Selesai Tayang|
|31.||AIR MATA IBU (MANDARIN)||SHINNING PRODUCTION||50||21||0.07||Selesai Tayang|
|32.||21.06.12||HANYA AKU CINTA KAU SEORANG||METROWEALTH PICTURES||46||21||0.18||Selesai Tayang|
|33.||MAEL LAMBONG||EXCELLENT PICTURES||77||33||4.88||Selesai Tayang|
|34.||28.06.12||BAIK GILER||LAYAR DIMENSI||54||21||0.38||Selesai Tayang|
|35.||AKU, AKU DAN DIA||TAYANGAN UNGGUL||53||21||0.16||Selesai Tayang|
|36.||05.07.12||8 JAM||METROWEALTH PICTURES SDN BHD||79||28||2.30||Selesai Tayang|
|37.||12.07.12||MOMOK - JANGAN CARI PASAL||GALAKSI SENI SDN BHD||40||21||0.13||Selesai Tayang|
|38.||26.07.12||KARMA REBORN (KANTONIS)||GENIUS PARADE||41||19||0.24||Sedang Tayang|
|39.||09.08.12||HANTU GANGSTER||PRODIGEE MEDIA SDN BHD||99||5||1.18||Sedang Tayang|
As you can see, only three movies have broken the RM1m barrier and that was Skop's Jalan Kembali with nearly RM5 million, Excellent Picture's coemdy Mael Lambong at RM4.9 million and Metrowealth's action movie 8 Jam at RM2.3 million.
Namwee's Hantu Gangster is however tracking well in its first weekend taking in RM1.18m from 99 screens and is still being screened.
Two non-BM movies, Air Mata Ibu and Karma Reborn didn't even make it past half a million in takings. Karma has only recouped RM240,000.00 and Air Mata Ibu faring worse with only RM70,000 in box office takings.
Tayanga Unggul who has not been aggressive in the cinema circuits of recent fell flat with Aku, Kau dan Dia, a love-story which only garnered RM160,000.00.
Worst performing movie in the last two months was M.Jamil's Momok - Jangan Cari Pasal which sputtered with only RM130,000.00 in ticket sales.
Will movies like Sam, another Skop release and directed by Yusoff Haslam's other son Syafiq, be a hit? It opens this week. Another horror movie Seram Sejuk will definitely live up to its name for the producer as they await the viewers' verdict next week as it goes out against Malaysia's first 3D movie by KRU Films entitled 29 Februari. I really hope these people know what they are doing because I hardly see promotion being done for these titles.
Another big movie Tanda Putera by Shuhami Baba under her Pesona Films stable which is still awaiting release and is already courting controversy. However, controversy good or bad usually works well for a movie. Having said that, Dalam Botol also courted controversy and fell flat.
How long too can Metrowealth keep churning out flops? Can two B.O hits cover losses from ten flops? Or does David Teoh know something that others don't? Can they just survive on Adnan Sempit 2's RM6 million B.O.? To date, their movies are averaging RM1 million in box office this year. If not for Sempit 2, their best performing movie would be Nongkrong and 8 jam whilst their worse performing release was Hanya Aku Cinta Kau Seorang which made less than RM200,000.00.
With this kind of numbers coming in, I hope Uwei and his producers are confident of recouping their investment for HANYUT in overseas markets because (and I hope I am wrong) I doubt local viewers will flock to see his biggest, his most ambitious and his most expensive movie yet. BUNOHAN at least was well received overseas.
Meanwhile, did anyone notice that Grand Brilliance did not release any titles so far this year?