Monday, September 8, 2008

Bangkok Dangerous tops box office on weakest weekend in seven years

Bangkok Dangerous was the No. 1 movie in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend, but it takes the top slot during what was the slowest weekend in seven years. It needed just US$7.9 million to best Tropic Thunder, which was in its fourth week of release. Coming in third was The House Bunny, which hs been in cinemas for three weeks.

"We're going to make a profit on it," Steve Rothenberg, studio Lionsgate's vice president of distribution was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. "We lucked out. No one was going against it."

In Thailand, the country's biggest multiplex chain Major Cineplex has Bangkok Dangerous as their No. 1. Premiering at the No. 2 slot in Thailand is Tevada Tokmun, a "dharma comedy" from RS Film starring veteran comedian Thep Po-ngam. At No. 3 is the teen comedy Boonchu 9, which premiered the previous weekend at No. 1. Rounding out the top five are the Jason Statham vehicle Death Race and Ekachai Eukrongtham's horror film, The Coffin, which have both been playing for three weeks. Major Cineplex does not list its revenue figures.

Directed by Danny and Oxide Pang, Bangkok Dangerous is a remake of their 1999 debut. Remake rights were snapped up by Nicolas Cage's production company, and Cage stars as a hitman on assignment in the Big Mango. Shahkrit Yamnarm and Charlie Yeung co-star. It was filmed 2006 in Bangkok while there was a coup going on. Now it's playing in cinemas while there are massive anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok.

Bangkok isn't so dangerous, though. Happi Like a Hippo has more on that. But it's not necessarily safe to see the movie, which has fared poorly with critics, who were lining up their shots at the film before it even opened. Lakorn Central has a great roundup of the critical blurbs from Rotten Tomatoes.

And I haven't seen it yet myself. I've instead been opting to attend the Thai Short Film & Video Festival. Before I sink to seeing the Bangkok Dangerous 2.0, I want a refresher on the original.

(Via The Nation)

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