Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wongkamlao gives over to Harry
Mum Jokmok's comedy Wongkamlao held the top spot at the Thai box office for two weeks before surrendering to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for the weekend of July 16-19, according to the latest Box Office Mojo chart. Even then, Mum's high-society satire held on at No. 2, continuing to top the likes of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Nang Mai (Nymph) was in 12th place, falling from sixth the week before. It was playing in one cinema in Bangkok -- House on RCA. And today it's gone -- out of the way to make room for Bruno, which opens at House and a couple downtown multiplexes. Bruno, which has been censored for Thai audiences (too bad the ratings weren't in effect) is among seven new releases in Bangkok this week, which also includes The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and The Hangover.
The new Thai film this week is the horror 6:66 ตายไม่ได้ตาย, or 6:66 dtaai mai dai dtaai, literally 6:66 Die Not Die. The English title is Death Happens. It's from Work Point Entertainment and Sahamongkol.
I've heard that last week's Thai release, the GTH travel romance Dear Galileo is doing well, but I'll have to wait for the figures to be updated to see how it stacked up against Public Enemies and Potter. I have actually seen Dear Galileo but haven't found the time and words to say more about it. More on that soon.