Indonesian Box Office So Far Dominated by Horror Films

The Raid Movie Poster

Indonesia’s Top Grossing Movie: The Raid

From Kaskus:

Let’s see, Indonesian Horror Movies Are The Bestsellers in Mid-2012!

Up to the month of June, Indonesia’s top-grossing movie list is dominated by horror films. In fact, five of the ten films in the list belong to the horror genre.

A total of five horror films which were screened in 2012 made it into the top 10 chart, each attracting over audiences over 200,000 viewers. This is a staggering achievement for horror films to dominate this list over other popular genres, such as drama and romance.

The top-grossing movie according to is topped by THE RAID which is directed by Gareth Evans. The Raid attracted a total of 1,844,817 viewers during its screenings.

Having the peak chart position held by THE RAID is somewhat not too surprising. This action movie, which depicts the raid into a criminal kingpin’s headquarters, has successfully captured the attention of International film festival judges and audiences from all over the world.

Full chart below:

1 THE RAID – 1,844,817
2 NEGERI 5 MENARA [State Tower 5] – 765,425
3 NENEK GAYUNG [Grandma’s Scoop] – 432,537
4 SOEGIJA – 414,787
5 RUMAH BEKAS KUBURAN [Former House Graveyard] – 279,144
6 PULAU HANTU 3 [Ghost Island 3] – 241,375
7 KAKEK CANGKUL [Grandpa’s Hoe] – 237,458
8 BANGKIT DARI KUBUR [Rise From The Grave] – 233,536
9 LOVE IS U – 220,678
10 BROKENHEARTS – 220,276

Nenek Gayung Movie Poster

No.3: Nenek Gayung

Soegija in no 4 Indonesia Movie Box Office

No 4: Soegija

Rumah Bekas Kuburan Movie Poster

No. 5: Rumah Bekas Kuburan

Pulau Hantu 3 Movie Poster

No. 6: Pulau Hantu 3

Kakek Cangkul Movie Poster

No.7: Kakek Cangkul

Bangkit Dari Kubur Movie Poster

No.8 Movie: Bangkit Dari Kubur

Comments from Kaskus:

Adhree [$]:

The Raid is the best. The majority of horror films are associated with 18+ rating or adult scenes.
Such a pity for those who are under 18 [years of age].


When can we watch more quality films such as Ada Apa Dengan Cinta or Laskar Pelangi? Other than ghost films, we are often bombarded with cheesy humor or sex scenes. Outrageous!


What else can we do since these are the only local films available to us.


Obviously these movies sell since Indonesians often go to the cinema as a place to do “improper business”.


I’m shocked that religious films lose out to these horror movies.


Horror films will make you horny.


I haven’t watched any of the Indonesian horror films.


Even though Indonesian movies are full of pros and cons, at least we should appreciate local films. Keep on producing more movies!


THE RAID best of the best.


It’s fun to watch horror films as they make you tense up in all kind of positions. LOL.


Indonesian horror films are always associated with sex scenes, available only for those above 18 [years of age].


Since there are only those stupid local horror films available, I’ve switched to watching foreign movies instead. hehehehe.


It is obvious that the Indonesian Censor Department accepts bribes. This is why many ‘improper scenes’ are shown on the big screen.

What do you think? What Indonesian movies have you seen before and what did you think of them? Do you agree with Indonesian netizen’s explanations for the popularity of horror films in Indonesia?

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