6 Aug – It was a relatively slow weekend (1 – 4 August) for the first week of August, with the absence of any major blockbuster films. However, there is still a surprise to be had in Malaysia with the critically panned "R.I.P.D." emerging at first place, followed by James Mangold's "The Wolverine" and James Wan's "The Conjuring".
Based on the comic book Rest in Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov, "R.I.P.D." tells the story of Detective Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds), who is murdered by his partner Bobby Hayes (Kevin Bacon) but wakes up in the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.), an agency that recruits deceased police officers to patrol the afterlife and capture spirits that failed to cross over called Deados.
In Singapore, "The Wolverine" stayed in first place as "R.I.P.D." has yet to be released in the country, while "Red 2" and "Turbo" opened in second and third places respectively.
In U.S., newcomer "2 Guns" took first place with USD 27.1 million. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, who also directed "Contraband" starring Mark Wahlberg as well, with the addition of Denzel Washington, the action comedy film did not turn out to be as bad as "R.I.P.D.". "2 Guns" is about a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer who find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel, but neither of them knows that the other was an undercover agent.
"The Wolverine" took second place over the weekend, while "The Smurfs 2" opened way below the original film in third place. The latter this time sees the Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel as she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer's newest creation called the Naughties, into real Smurfs.
Other new movies that opened over the weekend in Malaysia are "The Place Beyond The Pines", "Killing Season", "Mr Go" and "Kara King".
Other new movies that opened over the weekend in Singapore are "The Reluctant Fundamentalist", "That Girl In Pinafore", "Yossi", "Pain & Gain" and "B.E.D".
Box office takings for the weekend just gone (01 August - 07 August 2013)