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"Oblivion" obliterates competition

Writer: Elaine Ewe


Olga Kurylenko and Tom Cruise sharing a moment to savour their box office win in South East Asia.

18 Apr – Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion" got off to a very strong start last weekend (11 to 14 April 2013), as it topped the box office charts in Malaysia and Singapore. With big name stars like Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman in its resume, it is hardly any wonder that the science fiction film did as well as it did.

"Oblivion" tells the story of Earth in 2073, which has become a wasteland after an invasion by alien Scavengers sixty years earlier which destroyed the Moon. Jack Harper is one of the last few humans stationed on the planet together with Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), whose mission is to repair and maintain the drones on Earth that help to extract the planet's remaining resources. Their situation is made complicated when a spaceship crashes on the surface, revealing a young woman who plagues Jack's dreams.

Previous champion, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" dipped to second place for both Malaysia and Singapore. The top three in Malaysia is rounded up by new local release "Langgar" while in Singapore is "Olympus Has Fallen".


You don't want to mess with Adi Putra in "Langgar".

"Langgar" is a revenge-fuelled action drama by new director Sein Ruffedge, starring Adi Putra, Hans Isaac and Khir Rahman. Nizam is a man seeking revenge for the deaths of his wife and unborn child, which leads him to join one of more fearsome gangs as a debt collector.

In US, "Oblivion" is only releasing on 19 April 2013, so the top spot goes to the biographical sports drama film "42", with USD 27.5 million. It is the best openings ever for a baseball movie ahead of "The Benchwarmers" and "Moneyball". The film tells the story of Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) who, under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), signs with the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American player to break the baseball colour barrier.


"42" had the most successful opening weekend of any baseball movie ever.

"Scary Movie 5" opened in second place with the lowest start for the "Scary Movie" franchise, while in third place is DreamWorks Animation's "The Croods".

New films that opened this week in Malaysia are "Drug War", "Broken City" and "Kecoh! Hantu Raya Tok Chai", "Long Weekend".

New films that opened this week in Singapore are "Machi Action", "Judgment Day", "Long Weekend", "Dark Skies", "Drug War" and "Broken City".

Box office takings for the weekend just gone (11 April - 17 April 2013) 

Malaysia
1) Oblivion    
2) G.I. Joe: Retaliation    
3) Langgar    
4) Saving General Yang    
5) Conspirators    
6) The Host    
7) Ghost Child    
8) The Croods    
9) Olympus Has Fallen    
10) Settai
Singapore
1) Oblivion    
2) G.I. Joe: Retaliation    
3) Olympus Has Fallen
4) Saving General Yang    
5) The Croods    
6) I Give It A Year    
7) The Last Exorcism Part 2    
8) Conspirators    
9) Django Unchained    
10) Don't Cry Mommy

 


Cinema Online, 18 April 2013


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