Easternlight Films, the Asian label of Gary Hamilton's international sales outfit Arclight Films, has acquired worldwide rights to Royston Tan's 881.

The deal was concluded by MediaCorp Raintree Pictures' Daniel Yun and Scorpio East Pictures' Lim Teck with Hamilton and Ying Ye, director of Easternlight, who were in Singapore to watch the film this week.

Billed as Singapore 's first musical in recent years, the picture lived up to local expectations as a film with legs thanks to rave reviews and positive word-of-mouth.

Last weekend (its third) saw it buck the usual downwards trend when it took the box office crown for the first time. It grossed $288,585 (S$440,303) on 29 prints, outperforming its second weekend.

It also beat several Hollywood titles which were released on higher print counts, including new release Hairspray, as well as Bourne Ultimatum (which opened top in the week before last) and Rush Hour 3 (which was in its third weekend).

The box office as of Tuesday stood at over $1.1m (S$1.7m), making it the second highest grossing local film this year. The top local film is veteran director Jack Neo's Just Follow Law with $1.8m (S$2.7m) after eight weeks.

The deal with Easternlight excludes Singapore, Malaysia (which will release the film on September 6 through Golden Screen Cinemas) and Japan (for which Be Wild has bought distribution rights).