The Asian star is displaying its bright light in North America as Hong Kong filmmakers Danny and Oxide Pang score great success on the box office with their latest work "The Messenger." Revolving around a city family that moves into a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, the horror flick has gloriously dominated movie ticket sales at $14.7 million to top the chart for Super Bowl weekend ended February 4, 2007.
The latest in a string of horror hits from Sony, "Messengers" marks the studio's seventh straight year of reigning the box office on Super Bowl weekend, becoming the second No. 1 debut so far this year for the company after urban dance drama "Stomp the Yard" that falls to the sixth spot this time for only taking up a fair amount of $4.05 million.
Close behind this first English-language film of the twin brothers is Universal Pictures' "Because I Said So" which pulls a hefty gross of $13.1 million to force last-week's top holder "Epic Movie" seating on the third place after the comedy spoof turns to score far less at $8.4 million.
Rounding out the top five are "Night at the Museum" and "Smokin' Aces" on the fourth and fifth rank, respectively, the former adding another $6.3 million worth of tickets in its pocket while the latter gaining $6.1 million to raise its total to $24.7 million in its second spin on the list.
The rest positions up to number ten continue to be dominated by Oscar nominees across several categories namely "Dreamgirls" with $4 million, "Pan's Labyrinth" with $3.6 million, "The Pursuit of Happyness" with $2.9 million, and "The Queen" with $2.6 million.