'Bad Genius' Has Hit RM5 Million In The Malaysian Box Office In Just 3 Weeks
'Bad Genius', the highest grossing Thai movie of 2017 with domestic earnings of more than 100 million baht (RM12.6 million), has garnered RM5 million in the Malaysian box office since its release three weeks ago! :O
At the time of writing, it currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes too!
The film premiered in Bangkok on 3 May and topped the Thai box office for two weeks straight. Local cinema operator Golden Screen Cinemas brought the movie to Malaysia.
Director Nattawut Poonpiriya created a thrilling Thai caper revolving around a quartet of students who devise a test-cheating scheme for profit
In "Bad Genius" - Poonpiriya's second feature after the thriller Countdown (2012) - a high school student Lynn makes money by helping her classmates cheat on school tests. After receiving a million-baht job of cheating on an international exam, she invites an accomplice to the same test in Sydney, Australia, and to text the answers back to Thailand before the test begins in her country that same day.
Lynn is played by Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, 21, a model making her acting debut.
Among commercial Thai films, the film stands out because it is not the usual romantic comedy or horror movie
But Poonpiriya believes Thai films have something in common, regardless of the genre.
"What I think Thai audiences find most important is the emotional connection. No matter what genre the movie is, if we are able to connect with the audiences, make them feel and care for the characters, they will enjoy it and be ready to open up to other movie genres we present to them," he told The Straits Times.