The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

Ah Boys To Men beats James Bond movie Skyfall


A veteran British secret service agent is no match for a bunch of Singaporean army recruits at the cinemas.

Local director Jack Neo's army movie Ah Boys To Men has broken local box-office records by earning more than $1.5 million over its opening weekend, in the process beating James Bond movie Skyfall, which was in its second week of release.

The coming-of-age film about youths going through through national service took $1,509,422 from last Thursday (Nov 8) to Sunday (Nov 11), giving it the biggest opening weekend ever for a local movie.

With 37 prints in cinemas, it beat the previous record-holder, the 2008 comedy Ah Long Pte Ltd, also directed by Neo, which had made $1,484,000 with 50 prints in its opening weekend over Chinese New Year.