"Dark Knight" top pick

"Dark Knight" top pick

GSC 1 Utama had patrons queuing for "The Dark Knight" tickets this morning as early as 9 a.m. before the shutters were even open for business
21 Jul - Batman was the buzzword on everyone's lips last weekend, as "The Dark Knight" grossed in excess of US$ 150 million in North America over three days and broke the box office bank by setting a new record, previously held by "Spider-Man 3" last year. Locally, the caped crusader's appeal was enough to register full houses in most locations over the weekend, and expectedly topped the charts as the No.1 pick at cinemas.

According to distributor Twentieth Century Fox Malaysia, collections on the first night of the sequel has doubled those of its predecessor, "Batman Begins", which was released back in 2005 and that expectations are running high for it to be a top-grosser this year. Industry observers also noted that despite the "fantastic demand" received from the public, the film could have grossed even more if it had a shorter runtime and more shows could be fit into any given cinema's daily schedule. Meanwhile, online tracking site boxofficemojo.com has reported that the first week U.S. gross for "The Dark Knight" could eclipse that of the entire "Batman Begins" cumulative run set in 2005.

GSC Mid Valley had a lot of patrons queuing up for "Dark Knight" tickets for another day, so as to get better seats

Batman frenzy at TGV Sunway last weekend
The film has lived up to its five-star reviews from many international publications such as Variety, while also earning a perfect score from Cinema Online.

A young fan matching up to Ultraman's iconic pose at the Japanese Film Festival in GSC Mid Valley on Sunday
A surprise under-achiever was John Woo's first instalment of "Red Cliff", which enjoyed sold out shows in a number of locations, yet took home less than last week's No.1, "Hellboy". The war epic finds itself at No.3 on the local charts, while 3D novelty "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" is still enjoying a good run at the cinemas. One notch more realistic and livelier than that was the appearance of Ultraman Mebius at GSC Mid Valley on Sunday, which drew a big crowd, mostly kids who came to see their evergreen superhero.

The other new release, "Kuntilanak 3", got an 18-PL rating and found itself at No.7, flanked by outlandish crowd-pleasers "Wanted", "Hancock" and "War Of The Dragons". Lotus Five Star's "Dasavatharam" and "Muniyandi" squeezes in to make the top ten.

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