Thursday, May 10, 2007

'Jangan Pandang Belakang' Breaks Record

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8 May – Local horror "Jangan Pandang Belakang" has overtaken "Sembilu 2" to become the top-grossing Malaysian movie of all time. As of 5 May, it collected RM6.33 million to knock the 1995 "Sembilu 2" out of its perch.
"Sembilu 2", which was written and directed by Yusuf Haslam, had maintained its top-grossing honour for more than a decade at RM6.2 million.

"Jangan Padang Belakang", which opened in 51 screens nationwide on April 5, was going great guns right from Day One when it collected a record RM410,000 on its opening day. This puts paid the predictions of David Teo of Metrowealth Movie Productions, the producer of "Jangan Pandang Belakang", when he predicted last month that he is confident that the movie would surpass the collection of "Sembilu 2".

"Jangan Pandang Belakang" is now showing at 12 locations in Singapore – the biggest release for a Malaysian movie in the island republic. Teo said that the prints (film reels) for Singapore have been specially made with Mandarin and English subtitles. The movie is going head-on against "Spider-Man 3" which is showing in Singapore at the same time but Teo said the response in Singapore is ‘encouraging’ as it collected S$25,000 (RM73,000) on its opening day on May 3.


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