Eric Khoo, Singapore's most famed director, has scored at the box office with the football comedy One Leg Kicking. This much needed domestic hit opened on November 14 with $60,818 (S$111,973), Singapore's highest ever opening day gross for a local film. Distributor UIP took advantage of the local Nov 14 Deepavali public holiday on Wednesday rather than using the traditional Friday opening slot.
Released on 25 prints, the Singlish dialect film was the number one earner over the weekend (Nov 14-18) collecting $210,930 (S$388,342) beating other players such as The One, Princess Diaries and Bubble Boy. However its first week takings are unlikely to beat local film Liang Po Po - The Movie released in 1999 which grossed $923,360 (S$1.7m) becoming the country's second all-time top local film. Money No Enough remains the highest grossing home-grown film which raked in $3.15m (S$5.8m) in 1998. Both starred Mark Lee, one of the three lead actors from One Leg Kicking.
One Leg Kicking is a $543,000 (S$1m) co-production between Khoo's Zhao Wei films and leading Singaporean film production company Raintree Pictures (owned by the entertainment company MediaCorp) with partial funding from the Singapore Film Commission. Khoo co-directs with Zhao Wei partner Wei Koh who also scripted the film.