"Mat Kilau" nearing RM50 million mark at the box office

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6 Jul - "Mat Kilau Kebangkitan Pahlawan" continues to make waves, as it was revealed that it has already surpassed Hollywood films at the Malaysian box office.

The news was earlier shared by director Syamsul Yusof, who took to Instagram to reveal that the film had reached RM 23.3 million in just 7 days, the fastest epic Malay film to do so in history.

In addition, it was revealed that the film has now reached RM49.5 million at the domestic box office.

"Mat Kilau still managed to occupy the box office chart at number one, surpassing Hollywood films Minions, Jurassic World [Dominion], Elvis and Top Gun: Maverick," he wrote.

Syamsul said that the film surpassed the box office record previously set by his previous record-breaker, "Munafik 2", which made RM48 million at the box office when it was released in 2018.

Speaking about the success, Syamsul stated that he is most elated by audiences' reception to the movie, with many good reviews being posted on social media.

"A good movie will get a good reception from the audience, and a majority of people will appreciate it without being forced," he wrote. "As for the critics, let them be, because that is normal in filmmaking. You as a filmmaker must be smarter than them, one step ahead. It's all good."

The film, which has been in theatres since 23 June, stars Adi Putra, Beto Kusyairy, Fattah Amin, Yayan Ruhan and Johan As'ari among others, chronicles the struggles of Malay warrior Mat Kilau in his fight against the British in the late 19th century.

Syamsul Yusof directs 'Mat Kilau Kebangkitan Pahlawan'
Syamsul Yusof directs 'Mat Kilau Kebangkitan Pahlawan'

(Photo Source: Syamsul Yusof Instagram)

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