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This Malaysian Animation Film Just Set A New Local Box Office Record By Beating ‘Frozen 2’

It also topped the list of 2019's top five movies in the country.

Cover image via Primeworks Studios

'Ejen Ali The Movie' has taken the number one spot on Malaysia box office charts

The first feature film of Malaysia's beloved 12-year-old super spy beat stiff competition from the recently released popular international film Frozen 2, to come out on top.

The local animation film has exceeded expectations in its debut, including dominating the local box office by raking in RM1.86 million

This was achieved in just one day of its theatrical release in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei on Thursday, 28 November setting a new first day box office record for a local animation film!

In a press conference yesterday, 29 November, Chief Executive Officer of Primeworks Studios, Datuk Ahmad Izham Omar, expressed his his gratitude, saying, "This is a great time to be proud of what Malaysians can do. This is not just our success, this is Malaysia’s success! Thank you, Malaysia!"

Director and Chief Executive Officer of WAU Animation Usamah Zaid Yasin also added, "We hope the movie will continue its successful run in theaters so that we can keep creating the best from Malaysia".

'Ejen Ali The Movie' also topped the list of 2019's top five movies for the last week of November in the country

Image via GSC

2019 has proven to be an iconic year for Malaysian cinema with two other films of the top five movies in the country being locally produced.

While action film 'Wira' took the third spot, horror film 'Pusaka' finished off at the fifth spot.

"This greatest achievement clearly proves that our local productions and films have reached a new level where it can compete and outstrip the performance of international films.," Datuk Ahmad said.

Meanwhile, Usamah Zaid thanked Malaysians for making 'Ejen Ali The Movie' such a huge success, while admitting that he was "apprehensive about going directly against" the Hollywood titles

Datuk Ahmad Izham Omar (left) and Usamah Zaid Yasin (centre).

Image via Siakap Keli

"I admit I was apprehensive about going directly against such strong competition during our movie's release period, especially the Hollywood titles," he said.

"But all of you have proven that as Malaysians you have our backs indeed, truly in the spirit of #KitaJagaKita. We hope the movie will continue its successful run in theatres so that we can keep creating the best from Malaysia."

Take a look at some of the cool animation you can expect to see in 'Ejen Ali The Movie':

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