'Ong Bak 2' at Thai boxoffice summit

Tony Jaa action pic earns $2 mil in three days

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BANGKOK -- Fifteenth century Thai martial arts action film "Ong Bak 2" from actor-director Tony Jaa topped the local boxoffice in its long holiday opening weekend by grossing 70 million baht ($2.06 million), distributor Sahamongkolfilm International said.

The opening of the much-anticipated film on Dec. 5, the 81st birthday of Thailand's revered king, put Jaa's first film as a director ahead in 2008 weekend gross figures of "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," which earned 61 million baht.

Sahamongkol executive vp Gilbert Lim projected that "Ong Bak 2," a story about an orphaned boy warrior avenging his father's death, would earn more than 100 million baht by the end of the week and end up the No. 1 movie at Thailand's boxoffice.

The film was presold to Sony in the U.K., to Splendid in Germany, to Showbox in South Korea, to Edko in Hong Kong, and to Madman in Australia and New Zealand.
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