The numbers are in, and it looks like Syamsul Yusof’s Munafik 2 is a runaway success.
The horror flick – sequel to his 2016 hit Munafik – has earned RM21.6mil as of Sept 2, which is the accumulated earnings from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. (Read our review here)
Its sneak preview (Aug 29) already charted an impressive earnings of RM2.05mil, which only got better over the long Merdeka weekend with its highest earnings occurring on Saturday (Sept 1) with RM5.2mil take.
Munafik 2’s figure comes after the huge success of Hantu Kak Limah, which has earned RM35mil as of Sept 1.
Both set new records – highest earning on its sneak preview and highest opening weekend for Munafik 2, and the highest figure earned by a local movie for Hantu Kak Limah.
Before Hantu Kak Limah broke the record, Abang Long Fadil 2 was at the top of Malaysian box-office with RM18.5mil. Munafik was in the Top 10, having earned RM17.04mil.
In an interview with Star2.com last month, director Syamsul said this of Munafik 2, which he shot with a budget of RM2.9mil: “It isn’t easy to strike that balance between horror and religious elements. The first film was very successful and loved so much by the audience, I had to one-up myself for the sequel.”
According to Datuk Yusof Haslam, producer of Munafik 2, the film will also open at 50 cinemas in Indonesia soon. “If the reception for the film is good in Indonesia, the cinema operators will expand it to 100 cinemas.”
He also added that there are interests from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Does Munafik 2 have the power to topple Hantu Kak Limah? Whether it does or not, it looks like Malaysians are willing to watch films made in Malaysia when it hits all the right notes.