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Paranormal cuts off Saw VI

Writer: Lai Swee Wei


A scene from "Paranormal Activity"
19 Oct – In the United States, online tracker Box Office Mojo reports that "The Blair Witch Project"-style thriller "Paranormal Activity" outgrossed all movies with an estimated US$22 million over the weekend, beating "Saw VI" with US$14.8 million after rolling out into more theatres (more than doubling last weekend's counts).

About young couple who are actively disturbed by a demonic presence during the night, Malaysian moviegoers posed big questions marks on why "Paranormal Activity" is not playing in Malaysia and leading exhibitor Golden Screen Cinemas has responded on Facebook that the movie is strangely not on any distributor's release schedule. Singapore however, starts its on 12 November 2009.

Playing for a limited time only from Oct 22-25, ten Latin Film Festival movies took place across GSC International Screens at Mid Valley, Pavilion KL and 1 Utama (New Wing). Among other new shows that opened over the weekend was Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds", Gerard Butler's "Law Abiding Citizen" and historical epic "Lembing Awang Ke Pulang Dayang" starring Farid Kamil.

According to GSC Mid Valley cinema manager Lee Kong Yew, the response for the new opening movies did not do too well during the weekend with a relatively low cinema crowd. However, he had much praise for Afdlin Shauki's "Papadom" as it still going strong in terms of admission. Meanwhile, sales for last week's top grosser "Aathavan" is still doing well although it had a 20 to 30 percentage drop after Deepavali weekend, as commented by Gopal Ponniah of Lotus Five Star cinemas.

Box office takings for the weekend just gone
(October 22-25)
Malaysia
1. Aathavan
2. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
3. Papadom
4. Surrogates
5. Inglourious Basterds
6. Pandorum
7. Whiteout
8. Law Abiding Citizen
9. Ninja
10. Peraanmai
Singapore
1. My Sister's Keeper
2. Halloween 2
3. Julie and Julia
4. Pandorum
5. Imagine That
6. 500 Days of Summer
7. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
8. The Hurt Locker
9. The Blue Mansion
10. Haeundae: The Deadly Tsunami


Cinema Online, 26 October 2009

Related Movies:
WHITEOUT (15 Oct 2009)
PAPADOM (Malay) (08 Oct 2009)
Inglourious Basterds (22 Oct 2009)
SURROGATES (08 Oct 2009)
SORORITY ROW (01 Oct 2009)
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (15 Oct 2009)
IMAGINE THAT (27 Aug 2009)
PANDORUM (15 Oct 2009)
500 Days Of Summer (01 Oct 2009)
AATHAVAN (Tamil) (17 Oct 2009)
PERAANMAI (Tamil) (17 Oct 2009)

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