Top 10 Films at the UAE Box Office

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Welcome to the first of your weekly Arabian Business guides to the UAE film business.\n

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There are six new entries in this week’s top ten rankings and the big question is will any of them be able to overtake the juggernaut that is Avatar?\n

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Will the musical Nine sing for its supper at the cash registers? Will Men Who Stare at the Goats see off the competition? And will Alvin and the Chipmunks beat the combined intellect of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson?\n

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The data here is courtesy of Italia Film International and covers the UAE box office up to January 20.\n

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For full reviews, tickets and cinema times: http://www.timeoutdubai.com/films\n

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10. The Princess and the Frog\n

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The film is important for two reasons: it is the first Disney film to feature an black princess and its success looks set to revive the lost art of 2D animation and give the computer art geeks a run for their money.\n

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The story tells of an arrogant prince who is turned into a frog. However, the twist is that when he is kissed by a waitress called Tiana she also turns into an amphibian. The two must then race against time to break the spell and turn back into humans and, presumably, live happily ever after. Oprah Winfrey and John Goodman lend their voices in supporting roles.\n

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Numbers: The Princess and the Frog\n

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Week Box Office: AED132,613\n

Week Audience Attendance: 4,159\n

Total Box Office: AED1,627,713\n

Total Attendance: 53,841\n

Number of Screens: 8\n

Weeks in the top 10: 4\n

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09. Nine\n

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The first new entry on the chart and ironically Nine is at number nine. Rob Marshall, who previously scored box office gold with the screen version of Chicago, opened the Dubai International Film Festival last year with this new musical centred around an arrogant, self-centered movie director played by Daniel Day-Lewis. While juggling the many women in his life, including Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson and Sophia Loren, Day-Lewis’ character must strive to complete his latest film, and sing a few songs along the way.\n

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Numbers: Nine\n

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Week Box Office: AED373,630\n

Week Audience Attendance: 10,701\n

Total Box Office: AED373,630\n

Total Attendance: 10,701\n

Number of Screens: 16\n

Weeks in the top 10: new entry\n

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08. Pandorum\n

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Two crew members wake up on an abandoned spaceship and hear rumblings coming from the bottom of the ship. They are disorientated and confused but venture to find out what lies within the darkness and discover a terrifying reality and shocking secrets about the ship. Dennis Quaid put his name to this sci-fi roller coaster ride.\n

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Numbers: Pandorum\n

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Week Box Office: AED337,984\n

Week Audience Attendance: 11,137\n

Total Box Office: AED337,984\n

Total Attendance: 11,137\n

Number of Screens: 19\n

Weeks in the top 10: new entry\n

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07. Men Who Stare At Goats\n

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George Clooney has come a long way since his ER and Batman days and is now better known for politically heavy indie films than black rubber suits. Based on the bestselling book of the same name, the film tells the story of a war reporter who meets a special agent who tells him about a secret military unit who plans to use strange psychic means to end the war. Alongside Clooney and some goats are Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey\n

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Numbers: Men Who Stare At Goats\n

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Week Box Office: AED355,595\n

Week Audience Attendance: 11,798\n

Total Box Office: AED355,595\n

Total Attendance: 11,798\n

Number of Screens: 16\n

Weeks in the top 10: new entry\n

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06. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel\n

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The all-singing, all-dancing and all-talking hyperactive rodents Alvin [the headliner], Simon [the brainiac] and Theodore [the cute one] end up going back to school. There they find out that the school music programme is under threat [cut backs are everywhere it seems in the recession]. By coincidence, there is also a battle of the bands competition taking place nearby with a prize of $25,000. Join the dots and guess what happens.\n

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Numbers: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel\n

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Week Box Office: AED433,879\n

Week Audience Attendance: 14,233\n

Total Box Office: AED2,154,076\n

Total Attendance: 71,064\n

Number of Screens: 18\n

Weeks in the top 10: 3\n

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05. Sherlock Holmes\n

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Robert Downey Jr’s return to box office glory began with Ironman but he now looks set to score another lucrative film franchise as his pairing with Jude Law as the cerebral crime stopping duo has made big bucks in the UAE. As Holmes, Downey Jr goes up against the mystical arts of serial killer and occult ‘sorcerer’ Lord Blackwood as he tries to stop the evil Lord’s dark plans for world domination. Along the way he his helped by sidekick Dr Watson, a love interest played by Rachel Adams and director Guy Ritchie.\n

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Numbers: Sherlock Holmes\n

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Week Box Office: AED468,240\n

Week Audience Attendance: 14,477\n

Total Box Office: AED5,179,129\n

Total Attendance: 156,279\n

Number of Screens: 11\n

Weeks in the top 10: 4\n

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04. Armored\n

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A new guard working in an armored truck company is persuaded by his colleagues to take part in a plot to steal $42m. Will anything go wrong? Of course! Their supposedly foolproof plan falls apart and splits the group and leads to a potentially deadly fallout. The starring line-up includes Matt Dillon, Jean Reno and Laurence Fishburne.\n

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Numbers: Armored\n

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Week Box Office: AED505,454\n

Week Audience Attendance: 15,755\n

Total Box Office: AED505,454\n

Total Attendance: 15,755\n

Number of Screens: 20\n

Weeks in the top 10: new entry\n

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03. Bad Lieutenant\n

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Nicolas Cage has allegedly suffering some financial problems lately and is selling off his assets around the world at an alarming rate. UAE residents obviously think this is one of them as it drops in at number three and takes the bronze in the celluloid popularity stakes. The poster tagline is “The only criminal he can't catch is himself” and Cage stars as Terence McDonagh, detective with drug and gambling problems who is investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants in New Orleans. Making up the rest of the star quota are Val Kilmer, Eva Mendes and Jennifer Coolidge.\n

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Numbers: Bad Lieutenant\n

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Week Box Office: AED748,484\n

Week Audience Attendance: 22,062\n

Total Box Office: AED748,484\n

Total Attendance: 22,062\n

Number of Screens: 22\n

Weeks in the top 10: new entry\n

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02. Maatook Fi Bangkok\n

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This Arabic comedy starring Tariq Ali and directed by Mazen Al Jabaly tells the story of Maatouk, a man who travels to Thailand for business and pleasure and soon realises he has bitten off more than he can chew. The film was only out a week and it already managed to grab over 12 percent of the cinema going market, which is not bad when you consider the big draw that Avatar still is.\n

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Numbers: Maatook Fi Bangkok\n

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Week Box Office: AED728,385\n

Week Audience Attendance: 23,455\n

Total Box Office: AED728,385\n

Total Attendance: 23,455\n

Number of Screens: 11\n

Weeks in the top 10: new entry\n

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01. Avatar\n

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This film has officially taken over from Titanic as the biggest selling film in the world, which means that James Cameron now really is “The King of the World”. It has been twelve years since his love story aboard the ill-fated maiden voyage of the British cruise liner but audiences in the UAE think it was worth the wait. Avatar tells the story of Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, who is sent to the planet Pandora and must battle a mix of environmental issues, corporate greed and love across against the odds. The film’s only big names of note are Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez, which shows that star power may not be the big driving force it once was. The film’s 3D is fantastic, but its figures are even more spectacular.\n

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Numbers: Avatar\n

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Week Box Office: AED2,129,020\n

Week Audience Attendance: 49,028\n

Total Box Office: AED17,565,802m\n

Total Attendance: 425,405\n

Number of Screens: 19\n

Weeks in the top 10: 5\n

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Still Showing:\n

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It’s Complicated\n

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Agora\n

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Under the Mountain\n

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Carriers\n

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High Lane\n

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Opening this weekend\n

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Already seen Avatar? Well try these for size:\n

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Did You Hear About the Morgans?\n

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Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker star as the an estranged couple who witness a murder and are relocated from New York City to a small-town in Wyoming as part of a witness-protection program.\n

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Arthur & The Revenge of Maltazard: A kids story of a prince who must save a princess from a deadly fate.\n

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Boogeyman 3: A student witnesses the supposed suicide of her roommate.\n

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For full reviews, tickets and cinema times: http://www.timeoutdubai.com/films\n

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Fri 29 Jan 2010 05:55 PM GST