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"Lion King" 3D tops!

Writer: Naseem Randhawa

20 Sep – Disney's re-release of "The Lion King" in 3D, surprises all, as the animation managed to be a frontrunner among all the new releases this week such as "Drive", "Straw Dogs", and "I Don't Know How She Does It", as it rakes in a royal US $30.1 million in North America. This brings "Contagion" to lose its threshold at first place to settle for second, while the newly released "Drive" starring Ryan Gosling, lacked the acceleration it needed to zoom past its third place debut at the North American box office for the weekend just gone (15 – 18 September), according to online tracker Box Office Mojo.


"Johnny English Reborn" topped in Malaysia and Singapore over the weekend.
In Malaysia however, audiences seemed to enjoy in reliving their "Mr.Bean" days as the Rowan Atkinson starring "Johnny English Reborn" takes first place beating the Saiful Apek and Johan Raja Lawak starring local movie "Raya Tak Jadi", while the box office managed to make room for another local movie, "Nasi Lemak 2.0", as it remains at third place again this week at the local box office for the weekend just gone.

Singapore too saw "Johnny English Reborn" debut at first place, while it edged off "The Smurfs" to second place, leaving "Contagion" to slip into third place at the local box office for the weekend just gone.

Other new releases and sneak shows last week in Malaysia include "Fright Night", "Vandhan Vendran", "Engeyum Eppothum", "Mai Mai Miracle", "Sawako Decides", "Mad Ghost", "Your Friends", "City On Fire", "Mayday 3DNA", "Railways", "Double Trouble" and "About Her Brother".

In Singapore, other new releases and sneak shows last week include "I Saw The Devil", "A Little Bit Of Heaven", "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark", "1778 Letters Of Me And My Wife", "Blitz", "Tatsumi", "Chalet Girl", "2AM Show", "Mayday 3DNA", "Vandhan Vendran" and "Pearl Jam Twenty".

Box office takings for the weekend just gone (15 September - 18 September 2011)
Malaysia
1) Johnny English Reborn
2) Raya Tak Jadi
3) Nasi Lemak 2.0
4) The Smurfs
5) Hantu Bonceng
6) Fright Night
7) Contagion     
8) Final Destination
9) Mankatha
10) Apollo 18
Singapore
1) Johnny English Reborn
2) The Smurfs
3) Contagion
4) Crazy, Stupid, Love
5) Mayday 3DNA
6) Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
7) A Little Bit of Heaven
8) My Kingdom
9) 2AM Show
10) Cars 2 

Cinema Online, 20 September 2011


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