Puss in Boots Holds Local Films at Bay
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|1||Puss in Boots (us)||1/11/12||33.80%||590,740||704,725||593|
|2||Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (us)||12/15/11||18.00%||362,326||6,914,588||461|
|4||The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (us)||1/11/12||9.50%||185,758||228,385||321|
|5||Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (us)||12/21/11||7.70%||154,399||2,160,333||270|
|8||White Vengeance (hk)||1/11/12||2.70%||55,498||70,345||163|
|10||Friends: Naki on Monster Island (jp)||12/29/11||1.70%||36,930||496,880||191|
Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots had a big weekend with 590,740 tickets sold. That's a lot more than Megamind which took the top spot at the same time last year.
MI4 added another 362,326 tickets to its enormous haul as it dropped less than a third and is now inches from the 7 million mark an could still threaten another milestone, making it the biggest film released in 2011.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo opened with 185,758 which is not a particularly encouraging figure for a film tat was expected to play strongly in international territories, maybe word of mouth will bolster its run further down the line. Perhaps Sherlock Holmes sequel Game of Shadows dropped about a third as it crossed the 2 million mark with its 154,399 weekend, a good showing for a sequel that has underperformed elsewhere.
Hong Kong period epic White Vengeance began its run with 55,498 while mega-blockbuster and equally large box office bomb My Way slowed to 45,009 in its probable final top 10 finish. Friends: Naki on Monster Island Japanese anime roudned out the top 10 with 36,930.
Next Week: Lunar day weekend is nearly upon us and it's about time as the tired current local fare is in desperate need of replacement. Opening next week are Pacemaker, Dancing Queen, Neverending Story, and Unbowed. Pacemaker looks to come out on top but let's hope it can nudge out foreign competition for a much needed local win.
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