Friday, October 16, 2009

Oh My Ghosts! makes 70 million baht

The cross-dressing ghost comedy Hor Taew Taek Haek Krajerng (หอ แต๋ว แตก แหก กระเจิง) has made 70 million baht since it was released on October 1.

A company spokeswoman says Phranakorn Film be celebrating the tidy sum this week.

It probably also means that Hor Taew Taek Haek is a franchise to be reckoned with.

Directed by Poj Arnon, it's a sequel to his 2007 hit horror comedy. Hor Taew Taek Haek Krajerng (International title: Oh My Ghosts!) has male comedians Jaturong Mokjok, Yingsak Jonglertjessadawong and Ekachai Sriwichai back in drag as transvestite gay brothers who run a college dormitory that's haunted by a troublesome ancient ghost (“Tukkie” Sudarat Butrprom). Their solution is to bring in their own ghost -- cherubic, baby-voiced comedian Kotee Aramboy as a female college student -- to fight back. "Saipan" Apinya Sakuljaroensuk also stars.

For its first week, Hor Taew Taek Haek Krajerng was listed as No. 1 on Major Cineplex's Top 5 chart. It slipped to second place last week at Thailand's biggest multiplex chain, topped by the Gerard Butler-Katherine Heigl rom-com The Ugly Truth. Last weekend's Top 5 is rounded out by Jerry Bruckheimer's guinea-pig spy spoof G-Force, the Ryan Reynolds-Sandra Bullock rom-com The Proposal and slasher horror Sorority Row.

The Major Cineplex chart, which doesn't list box-office revenues nor the number of screens, is the best I can do for now. The old standby, Box Office Mojo, hasn't been updated since the weekend of August 20-23, when another horror comedy, Yuthlert Sippapak's Buppah Rahtree 3.2, topped the box office.

This coming week, I'll be watching for the GTH romance Rot Fai Faa ... Maa Haa Na Ter (Bangkok Traffic Love Story) to take over. It reportedly earned 10 million baht on its first day of release yesterday.

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