THIS year, 25 local films were shown in cineplexes. Four more titles are waiting for their turn. Out of the 25 films, 12 titles were either produced or distributed by MIG Productions.
The other major producer/distributor was Grand Brilliance that jointly produced and distributed five titles, including 2 Hati 1 Jiwa, Evolusi KL Drift 2 and Hooperz.
And out of the 25 titles, the five biggest profit makers are Adnan Sempit, Evolusi KL Drift 2, Lagenda Budak Setan, Jangan Pandang Belakang Congkak 2 and V3 Samseng Jalanan.
At cost of RM1.5 million (S$626,000), MIG Productions's Adnan Sempit is the year's most profitable film, raking in RM7.6 million (S$3.2 million) at the box office. It also spawned a successful drama series on Astro Ria.
Skop Production's Evolusi KL Drift 2 was made at a cost of RM1.9 million (S$794,000), a gamble that paid off when it collected RM5.6 million (S$2.3 million) as well as earned its director, Syamsul Yusof, the Best Director award at the 23rd Malaysian Film Festival.
Astro Shaw's Lagenda Budak Setan, a film adaptation of a popular novel by Ahadiat Akasha made RM4.2 million (S$1.8 million). It's production cost was RM1.3 million (S$543,000). The film's success has prompted Astro Shaw to proceed with Lagenda Budak Setan Part 2 and 3 which will go into production in January. It also spawned a highly-rated drama series on Astro Ria.
Comedy horror, Jangan Pandang Belakang Congkak 2 cost RM1.8 million (S$752,000) to make and ended up collecting RM4.2 million. Although the collection was short of RM2 million (S$835,000) compared with the original film which made RM6.2 million (S$2.6 million), producer MIG Productions still made a handsome profit. Its drama series is currently airing on Astro Warna.
It is rare for a film rated 18PL to turn a profit, but V3: Samseng Jalanan did it. The film, produced by MIG Productions, cost RM1.7 million (S$710,000) to make and took in RM3.8 million (S$1.6 million).
At press time, comedy horror, Ngankung, produced by MIG Productions, is on its way to outdo the five films at the box office. Ngangkung made RM3.5 million (S$1.5 million) in just one week with an opening day collection of RM500,000 (S$209,000).
Only two other films managed to hit that figure on opening day - Jangan Pandang Belakang Congkak and Adnan Sempit.
Other box-office hits were Niyang Rapik (which collected S$1.5 million), Cuti-Cuti Cinta (S$1.3 million), Magika (S$1.3 million), Mantra (S$1.2 million), Senario Asam Garam (S$1 million), Zoo (S$919,000) and Semerah Cinta Stiletto (S$877,000).
On the downside, eight films did poorly at the local box office.
The five biggest losers are Kapoww: Atoi The Ajaib Boy, Belukar, Crayon, 2 Alam and Estet.
Produced by Tayangan Unggul, Kapoww: Atoi The Ajaib Boy only managed to collect RM270,000 (S$113,000). The film cost RM1.9 million (S$794,000) to make. Even its drama series, Kapoww!!! on Astro Warna failed to attract viewers.
Belukar, a thriller that won Bront Palare the Best Actor award, made only RM300,000 (S$125,000). The film, produced by Preston Zaidan Production, was made at a cost of RM2 million (S$835,000).
Independent film, Crayon, produced by Zioss Film production, had a RM1.3 million (S$543,000) price tag but it It made a measly RM280,000 (S$117,000).
Malaysia's most hyped film, 2 Alam, produced by dR Movies Productions, is one of the biggest failures of the year. The film cost RM1.5 million (S$626,000) to make and ended up making only RM350,000 (S$146,000).
Mamat Khalid's Malay Kollywood film was another loser at the box office. The film, produced by Naga VXS made RM350,000. It cost RM1.9 million (S$794,000).
Other duds were Hooperz, 2 Hati 1 Jiwa and Andartu Terlampau.
-New Straits Times