"Spiders 3D" takes shocking lead

"Spiders 3D" takes shocking lead

Basically, what you see here is what you get in the film.

27 Feb – Despite the recent Oscars hype, not much has happened in the box office charts over the weekend (21 – 24 February). It is still surprising though that a film like "Spiders 3D" managed to make it into the top spot in its opening week that also has "Beautiful Creatures" and local film "Gangster Celop" premiering, which may mean that it has some serious juice.

Directed by Tibor Takacs, "Spiders 3D" takes place after the crash of an old Soviet space station in New York City's subway tunnel, which leads to the discovery of a new species of poisonous spiders. In true monster/nature horror fashion, the spiders inadvertently mutate to gigantic proportions and wreak havoc on the entire city.

This is definitely not a film for Ron Weasley.

"Journey To The West" fell from first place to second place, while "Beautiful Creatures" opened in third place. Richard LaGravenese's film adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's novel of the same name has new faces Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert playing star-crossed lovers Ethan Lawson Wate and Lena Duchannes respectively. The reason is Lena hails from a family of "casters", who are capable of performing a variety of magical spells, and on her 16th birthday, Lena's true nature will steer her towards either the light or the dark, and she fears being consumed by evil and hurting those she loves.

In Singapore, the top three of the week before last have not budged an inch from their places, with Jack Neo's "Ah Boys To Men 2" in the top spot, followed by "A Good Day To Die Hard" then "Journey To The West". It was an uneventful end to a disappointing month at the box office.

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in a scene from "Identity Thief".

In US, Seth Gordon's "Identity Thief" managed to steal the top spot from "A Good Day To Die Hard" with USD 93.6 million. The latter plummeted to fifth place, but much like "Spiders 3D", it is hard to be excited about "Identity Thief" win when the film's ratings have been unfavourable. The crime comedy caper stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy as a man who gets his identity stolen by an unsavoury woman respectively.

Ric Roman Waugh's "Snitch" debuted to second place, which stars Dwayne Johnson as John Matthews, the owner of a small construction company whose estranged son is being charged for distribution of illegal drugs. As his son is being set up, John takes it upon himself to be an informant, as Jason's charges can only be mitigated if another drug dealer is convicted.

Rounding up the top three is "Escape From Planet Earth", a computer animated family film by Rainmaker Entertainment that is also their first. The story takes place on Planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova is a national hero to the blue alien population. However, when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker, it is up to his nerdy brother Gary to do the real rescuing.

Other new films in Malaysia last week are "Vanayudham", "Gangster Celop", "Flight", "Cloud Atlas", "Lincoln", "Pada Suatu Cinta Dahulu", "Haridas" and "Kai Po Che!".

Other new films in Malaysia last week are "Safe Haven", "Together", "Movie 43", "The Last Stand", "Flight", "Lincoln", "Countdown", "One Piece Film Z", "Hyde Park On Hudson", "Monsters, Inc.", "Red Numbers", "Murder 3", "Kai Po Che!", "Jayanta Bhai Ki Luv Story" and "Aadhi Bhagavan".

Box office takings for the weekend just gone (21 February - 24 February 2013) 

1) Spiders
2) Journey To The West
3) Beautiful Creatures
4) A Good Day To Die Hard
5) Gangster Celop
6) Hotel Deluxe
7) I Love Hong Kong 2013
8) Aadhi Bhagavan
9) The Wedding Diary II
10) Flight
1) Ah Boys To Men: Part 2
2) A Good Day To Die Hard
3) Journey To The West
4)The Last Stand
5) Flight
6)Safe Haven
7) Lincoln
8) Beautiful Creatures
9) One Piece Film Z
10) Parker

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