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"Unknown" is No.1

Writer: Anne Jamaludin


Liam Neeson & co-star January Jones play husband and wife in "Unknown"

21 Feb – Despite tremendous marketing blitz, moviegoers apparently were numb towards the sci-fi franchise wannabe "I Am Number Four" where it ended up a disappointing second spot behind "Unknown", with "Gnomeo and Juliet" comfortably third, reports BoxOfficeMojo for the weekend just gone (17 -20 Feb).

Promoted as the follow-up to lead star Liam Neeson's "Taken", the thriller "Unknown" dredged up an estimated US$21.8 million over the weekend and though it roped in less numbers than the US$24.7 million start by "Taken", it apparently more than tripled the last thriller featuring Liam Neeson, "The Next Three Days".


Hollywood young stars, Alex Pettyfer & Teresa Palmer as Number Four and Number Six in "I Am Number Four"

"Unknown" opens in Singapore on 24 February 2011 and in Malaysia on 10 March 2011.

With an estimated US$19.5 million, young star Alex "flashlight hands" Pettyfer saw his franchise hopes flicker out since the opening weekend for "I Am Number Four" was significantly worse than "Jumper" as well as "Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief", and neither these movies spawned sequels. The sci-fi romance "I Am Number Four" opens in Malaysia and Singapore this 24 February 2011.

Meanwhile, the tracker site also reports that Oscar favourite "The King's Speech" held its ground again, boasting the smallest decline among nationwide releases and successfully topped fellow nominees "The Social Network" on Thursday and "Black Swan" on Sunday.

Meanwhile GSC Mid Valley cinema manager Lee Kong Yew revealed that the top three highest-grossing movies at the prime location for this slow post-Chinese New Year period were "The Mechanic", "Sanctum" and the Christina Aguilera's musical debut, "Burlesque".


Raymond "Happy Ghost" Wong flanked by Lotus Five Star strongmen Garuna Murthee and Dato' Doraisingam at an appreciation dinner in KL last week to celebrate the success of "All's Well Ends Well 2011". The Chinese New Year movie grossed in excess of RM 6 million in Malaysia under the distribution of RAM Entertainment.




Other new releases and sneak shows over the weekend in Malaysia include "Black Swan", "Saat Khoon Maaf", "The King's Speech", "No Strings Attached", "Sanctum", "Burlesque", "The Mechanic ", "The King's Speech" and "The Rite".

New releases and sneak shows in Singapore over the weekend include "127 Hours", "No Strings Attached", "Rabbit Hole", "Daniel And Ana", "What Women Want", "The Mechanic" and "127 Hours".

Box office takings for the weekend just gone (17 – 20 Feb)
Malaysia
1) Sanctum
2) The Mechanic
3) I Love Hong Kong
4) All's Well Ends Well 2011
5) The Rite
6) No Strings Attached
7) What Women Want
8) Sini Ada Hantu
9) Burlesque
10) The Green Hornet
Singapore
1) No Strings Attached
2) 127 Hours
3) Just Go With It
4) What Women Want
5) It's A Great Great World
6) Black Swan
7) The Rite
8) The King's Speech
9) The Mechanic
10) Homecoming

Cinema Online, 21 February 2011

Related Movies:
I Am Number Four (24 Feb 2011)
Unknown (10 Mar 2011)

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