23 Apr – A week after playing in Malaysia and Singapore cinemas, Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion" finally opened in the United States, easily taking first place as it is the only brand-new blockbuster film over the weekend (18 - 21 April). The science fiction film managed to gross USD 37.1, marking the highest non-sequel debut for the film's lead star Tom Cruise since 2005's "War Of The Worlds".
The biographical sports film "42" eased into second place after setting the opening weekend record for baseball movies last weekend. Meanwhile, Dreamworks Animation's "The Croods" remained in third place.
In Malaysia, "Oblivion" held on to first place, as did "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" to second place. Rounding up the top three is new nationwide release "Drug War". Directed by Johnnie To, the crime drama film centres on the shaky relationship between Timmy Choi (Louis Koo) and police captain Zhang (Sun Honglei). Timmy is a drug supplier-turned-mole after he is apprehended by the police, as he wishes to escape the death penalty by supplying Zhang with information about his drug supplying ring instead. But as the operation enters its final stages, the question of whether Timmy can be trusted arises.
For Singapore, "Oblivion" is in first place, followed by "Olympus Has Fallen". The only new entry in the top three is the local film "Judgment Day", a doomsday drama centring on several characters, from all works of life who decide to share their deepest secrets when they are told that the world will end in 72 hours, only to find out that it does not.
New releases over the weekend in Malaysia are "Kecoh! Hantu Raya Tok Chai", "Broken City", "Long Weekend", "Udhayam NH4", "Ek Thi Daayan" and "Gouravam"
New releases over the weekend in Singapore are "Drug War", "Machi Action", "Broken City", "Dark Skies" and "Ek Thi Daayan".
Box office takings for the weekend just gone (18 April - 21 April 2013)