"CZ12" stays strong

"CZ12" stays strong

"CZ12" topped the box office chart in Malaysia for the second consecutive week.

3 Jan – Hong Kong action megastar Jackie Chan still has enough charm to give him the advantage he needs in the box office chart for his final major action blockbuster "CZ12", seeing as the movie managed to keep it spot at the top in Malaysia even as 2012 came to a close (27 – 30 December 2012). Meanwhile, Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien's novel, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", stayed at the second place, followed by Tom Cruise's ass-kicking thriller "Jack Reacher" in third. It is a little disappointing that Hugh Jackman's musical drama "Les Misérables" only managed to make it into a fifth place debut, despite the high expectations of movie critics and fans. "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper sat behind the helm for the musical, which stars Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Helena Bonham Carter, in a tragedy revolving around an ex-prisoner named Jean Valjean who is on the run from the law enforcer Javert, and soon finds himself in a charge of a factory worker Fantine's daughter Cosette.

Meanwhile, in US, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was able to protect its box office crown for the third consecutive week with USD 32.9 million since it was released on Christmas Day. The Warner Bros-distributed film topped new releases including Quentin Tarantino's Western "Django Unchained", which features Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as a freed slave who is after ruthless plantation owner Calvin Candie, with his mentor, Dr. King Schultz, to save his wife and "Les Miserables", both of which made their debuts in second and third places respectively.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Calvin Candie in "Django Unchained".

In Singapore, "CZ12" was also the champion at the weekend box office, while "Les Miserables" took second place. Disney's animated film "Wreck-It Ralph" rounded up the top three.

New movies that opened over the week in Malaysia are the Hindi version of "Life Of Pi", "Here Comes The Boom", "Yak The Giant King", "Upside Down", "Kahwin 5", "Prince Of The City" and "The Guillotines".

New movies that opened over the week in Singapore are "Les Misérables", "Red Vacance Black Wedding (2D)", "Won't Back Down", "The Guillotines", "Amour (2D)" and "Arbitrage".

Box office takings for the weekend just gone (27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013) 

1) CZ12    
2) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey    
3) Jack Reacher    
4) Upside Down    
5) Les Misérables    
6) Ah Boys To Men: Part 1    
7) Here Comes The Boom    
8) Life Of Pi    
9) The Guillotines    
10) Kahwin 5
1) CZ12    
2) Les Misérables    
3) Wreck-It Ralph    
4) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey    
5) Jack Reacher    
6) The Guillotines    
7) Life Of Pi    
8) Arbitrage    
9) Ah Boys To Men: Part 1    
10) A Werewolf Boy


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