12 Oct – This year's Malaysian Film Festival award winner for Best Picture, "Papadom" makes its anticipated debut in cinemas on 8 October last week, where it received a standing ovation during its opening night at GSC Alamanda Putrajaya, as reported by Ira Fazir, Tayangan Unggul's PR executive. The local film distributor, Tayangan Unggul also reported that "Papadom" has bagged a successful RM1 million over a 4-day run at the box office. According to Cinema Online's interview with director Afdlin Shauki, he hopes that the Best Picture award would spark the public's interest to catch the film. Based on a father-daughter tale, Afdlin said, "The story that I won for is a story close to my heart. 'Papadom' is actually a story about myself."
As "Papadom" rakes up RM1 million, its gross is not enough to beat Bruce Willis' sci-fi action "Surrogates" as it topped the box office in Malaysia and Singapore.
Meanwhile as observed by online tracker Box Office Mojo, Vince Vaughn's latest rom-com "Couples Retreat" led the U.S. weekend box office with an estimated US$35.3 million, "Paranormal Activity" surged to an estimated US$7.1 million at just 160 locations, and "Zombieland" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" held firm.