Two home-grown films in Singapore's top 10 box office hits of 2015

The No. 1 movie in Singapore last year is Marvel's The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (starring Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor, both above). Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen (left) is No. 5 on the top 10 overall movies of last year by t
The No. 1 movie in Singapore last year is Marvel's The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (starring Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor, both above). PHOTOS: WALT DISNEY STUDIOS, GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
The No. 1 movie in Singapore last year is Marvel's The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (starring Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor, both above). Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen (left) is No. 5 on the top 10 overall movies of last year by t
Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen (above) is No. 5 on the top 10 overall movies of last year by ticket sales.

Age Of Ultron boasts takings of $13.1 million last year, while the Ah Boys To Men franchise is the only Singapore film in the top 10

Superheroes triumphed once again at the box office here.

Last year's No. 1 movie in Singapore was Marvel's The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The crusaders flew away with $13.1 million, placing the film second on the all- time list behind its predecessor, Marvel's The Avengers (2012), which took in $13.7 million.

Despite 2015 seeing a bumper crop of home-grown films to tie in with Singapore's 50th birthday, only Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen and King Of Mahjong, a Singapore-Malaysia co-production, entered the top 10.

Films such as the well-received compendium 7 Letters (which held several charity screenings), drama 1965, comedy Mr Unbelievable and the music drama 3688 did not make it to the chart.

  • Top-grossing films of 2015

  • OVERALL TOP 10

    1. Marvel's The Avengers: Age Of Ultron - $13.1 million

    2. Jurassic World - $11.7 million

    3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens* - $9.6 million

    4. Fast & Furious 7 - $9.2 million

    5. Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen - $7.6 million

    6. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - $7.4 million

    7. Minions - $7 million

    8. Ip Man 3* - $6.8 million

    9. Spectre* - $6.5 million

    10. Marvel's Ant-Man - $6.1 million


    ASIAN TOP 10

    1. Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen - $7.6 million

    2. Ip Man 3* - $6.8 million

    3. Our Times - $4.4 million

    4. Dragon Blade -$2.6 million

    5. From Vegas To Macau II - $1.7 million

    6. Helios - $973,000

    7. Attack On Titan - $821,500

    8. King Of Mahjong - $821,000

    9. Triumph In The Skies - $773,000

    10. I Fine... Thank You... Love You - $743,000


    • Source: Cinematograph Film Exhibitors Association


    •* Still showing in cinemas.

Ah Boys director Jack Neo, 55, observes: "At the moment, Hollywood movies are something that all of Singapore can get behind. Apart from the topic of national service, which appeals to all races, this is something lacking in local films."

Front of the pack for Asian films was the latest instalment of his national-service movie franchise, Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen, which swam away with $7.6 million.

The naval-themed film was just behind Ah Boys To Men 2 (2013), which is the top-grossing Singapore film of all time with $7.8 million in earnings. The first Ah Boys To Men (2012) had marched off with $6.2 million.

Given the series' impressive track record, it is no surprise that Ah Boys To Men 4 is set to begin production next year, with most of the key cast returning.

Reboots, sequels and superheroes had a strong hold on the overall top 10 chart. This is a trend that continued from the past few years.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction was tops in 2014, Marvel's Iron Man 3 triumphant in 2013 and Marvel's The Avengers victorious in 2012.

Last year, dinosaur action-thriller Jurassic World took a bite of $11.7 million, while space adventure Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened here on Dec 17, has blasted off with $9.6 million in earnings thus far.

Jurassic Park III was released in 2001, while the last Star Wars film was Revenge Of The Sith in 2005.

Worldwide, The Force Awakens was the undisputed champion last year, with US$1.73 billion (S$2.49 billion) earned, while Jurassic World stomped away with US$1.67 billion to settle for second place.

Familiar faces and names make up the rest of the overall top 10 chart for Singapore, including speed-racing movie Fast & Furious 7 and the latest instalments of spy thriller series, Mission: Impossible (Rogue Nation) and James Bond (Spectre).

While Ant-Man is a new superhero title, it belongs to the Marvel universe that audiences are familiar with, given the popularity of titles such as The Avengers, Iron Man and Captain America.

The lone animation to sneak into the overall top 10 is Minions at No. 7, technically not a sequel, but a spin-off from the Despicable Me comedies.

Apart from Ah Boys To Men 3, the only other Asian title in the overall top 10 is martial arts title Ip Man 3 at No. 8. The film about the wing chun gongfu master played by Donnie Yen is certainly not pulling its punches. It opened on Dec 24 and knocked out The Force Awakens three weekends in a row. It has made $6.8 million thus far.

Coming in at No. 3 on the Asian top 10 list is the romantic comedy Our Times, the highest-grossing Taiwanese film of all time in Singapore with $4.4 million in takings.

Two non-Chinese titles made it to the list with Japanese fantasy adventure Attack On Titan at No. 7 and Thai romantic comedy I Fine... Thank You... Love You at No. 10.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2016, with the headline 'Avengers tops Singapore box office'. Print Edition | Subscribe