Thursday, September 4, 2008

Boonchu puts a nail in The Coffin

The teen comedy Boonchu 9 was the No. 1 film for the opening weekend from Thursday, August 28 to Monday, September 1, 2008, at Major Cineplex, Thailand's biggest cinema chain.

Word is that Boonchu 9 cleared 15 million baht over that four-day period, and might have done better had it not been for the anti-government protests.

A reboot of a six-film series from Five Star Production that ran in the late 1980s and early '90s, Boonchu 9 features a cast of new teen stars.

The comedy took the previous week's topper, The Coffin, down a notch to No. 2. Starring Hong Kong's Karen Mok and Thailand's Ananda Everingham, The Coffin is a pan-Asian horror thriller, directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham.

Hollywood's Death Race, also in its second week, dropped to third place.

Two other openers, the Patrick Dempsey rom-com Made of Honor was at No. 4 (it had a sneak-preview run the previous week), while the hit Japanese manga adaptation, Boys Over Flowers: Final, was at No. 5. In most cinemas, the Hana Yori Dango sequel is playing with a Thai-dubbed soundtrack, but an original soundtrack version is playing in the Siam Square-based Apex chain's Siam theater.

Another opener last weekend was the Abba jukebox musical Mamma Mia!, which been heavily promoted for several weeks, however it wasn't in the Major Cineplex Top 5.

(Via Major Cineplex; cross-published at Bangkok Cinema Scene)

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