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Chart Chat: Local Cinema Attendees Stop Embracing Local Films
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Chart Chat: Local Cinema Attendees Stop Embracing Local Films

by Deric EctNovember 2, 2015

NO local film hold any position within the Top 5 this week, despite weaker than usual competition. The only Malaysian releases in the Top 10 for the last week of October are new entries Juvana 2 and Polis Evo, both taking up the #6 and #7 spots respectively.

The former is a sequel to the 2013 action film which went on to make more than RM2,800,000 nationwide. Juvana 2 however is unlikely to make even half as much as the original given its underwhelming debut. The film debuted with 65 prints this week.

Ghaz Abu Bakar‘s Polis Evo meanwhile has crossed the RM17,300,000 mark and officially holds the title of Malaysia’s highest-grossing local movie. As reported in the New Straits Times, Polis Evo beat The Journey‘s tally of RM17,280,000 after 42 days in cinemas. It still has 66 prints in circulation — we look forward to seeing its final total.

Last week, Love, Supermoon debuted at #11. It sadly slips to #17 this week with 34 prints remaining and looks set to follow the fate of Shamyl Othman‘s Rembat which only lasted for two weeks in the chart.

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Love, Supermoon was the third Grand Brilliance film released this month which couldn’t draw in crowds.

The other new entry of the week is local Tamil film Iravan, a local thriller set in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Directed by and starring Kash Villainz himself, Iravan debuts at #23 this week, backed by 21 prints.

This week’s #1 film is The Last Witch Hunter, an action film starring Vin Diesel as an immortal witch-hunter who saves New York from a devastating plague. It was savaged by Hollywood critics upon release and failed to recoup its budget domestically, although here it holds onto the top spot for a second week.

Taiwanese film Our Times clings onto #2, while the umpteenth installment of Paranormal Activity — the worst reviewed film out this week — rounds out the Top 3. Really, Malaysia?

Of note, Polis Evo is the only film released in September still in the Top 20. It is also the second oldest release in the overall box office chart this week after Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (#28), now in its eighth week.

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Deric is contributor and former managing editor of The Daily Seni.

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