Ah Boys are box-office champs

There is no stopping the men in green at the box office.

Ah Boys To Men 2 continues the winning streak of its predecessor by coming in at No. 1 at the local box office over the lucrative Chinese New Year break.

Writer-director Jack Neo's take on national service earned $2.72 million from Feb 7 to 12.

Thus far, it has grossed $6.12 million, just behind the first instalment's record haul of $6.2 million, which earned it the title of Singapore's top-grossing home-grown movie.

With Ah Boys To Men 2, Neo went one better than in last year's Chinese New Year box-office battle, when his youth drama, We Not Naughty, came in second to the adventure flick Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

We Not Naughty earned $790,000 from Jan 19 to 24, while the Hollywood blockbuster reigned with $1.54 million.

Ah Boys To Men 2, which stars Joshua Tan, was the only film that student Lee Yu Jia, 15, caught over the Chinese New Year break this year.

She had already watched the first part, which she thought "really showed what life in army is like", so she decided to catch the follow-up.

Her verdict: "It was better than part one and funnier."

The boys and men in uniform edged out the latest instalment of the Die Hard action thriller series with Bruce Willis reprising his role as wise-cracking hero John McClane.

A Good Day To Die Hard took in $1.6 million over the holiday period.

Hong Kong funnyman Stephen Chow's latest directorial effort, fantasy adventure, Journey To The West, was No. 3 with $1.22 million in takings.

Student Jeffrey Lai, 23, caught Ah Boys To Men 2, A Good Day To Die Hard and Journey To The West over the long weekend.

He had watched all the previous Die Hard movies, so the new one was a "must-catch movie" for him. Similarly, he has watched Chow's movies from young and "wanted to support" his latest effort as well.

Hong Kong's traditional festive- themed comedies did not fare as well in comparison.

The star-studded Hotel Deluxe and I Love Hong Kong 2013 made it to only the bottom half of the top 10 grossing films for the holidays.


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