Source: The Straits Times
Jack Neo's latest film Ah Boys To Men has become the highest-grossing Singapore film of all time.
By the end of Monday, Dec 17, it has earned $6.03 million, beating the 14-year-old box office record previously held by Money No Enough (1998), which took in $6.02 million.
Director Neo, 56, tells Life! over the telephone cheerily:
"I don't really know what to say, except that I'm just very, very happy. Though I had a good feeling that the movie will do pretty good at the box office, I never expected that it would be this good."
Ah Boys To Men opened in cinemas here on Nov 8, which is a little more than five weeks ago.
"Money No Enough was in the cinemas for five months, which means that it took us a whole five months to make $6.02 million. Ah Boys To Men took only less than six weeks to break the record, which is really great.
"Ah Boys To Men is a $3-million movie split into two parts. The first part is currently still showing in cinemas, while Part 2 is scheduled for release on Jan 31 next year.
Like the play and movie Army Daze (1996), Ah Boys To Men focuses on the antics of a group of army recruits during Basic Military Training, but this film also includes scenes of Singapore at war.