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By Patrick Frater
Thu, 29 November 2012, 13:05 PM (HKT)
It now ranks behind Neo's Money No Enough 錢不夠用 (1998), which grossed S$6.02 million (US$4.76 million at current exchange rates) and ahead of its sequel Money No Enough 2 錢不夠用２ (2008) which earned S$4.87 million (US$3.85 million).
Ah Boys To Men, which has its own sequel lined up for Feb 2013, ranks as the eighth highest grossing film to be released in Singapore this year, ahead of The Hunger Games (2012)' US$3.73 million. It also beat Ip Man 2 葉問２ (2010), the highest grossing Chinese film at the Singapore box office, which took S$4.7 million in 2010.
Neo noted that Money No Enough took five months to reach its cumulative total.
He said that Ah Boys To Men 2 will deliver a stronger story than part one, with less emphasis on special effects.