1NEWS – MD Pictures is on the rise. Continuing the success of the web series Layangan Putus, the production house founded by Manoj Punjabi with his father, Dhamoo Punjabi, in 2002 made a comeback in theaters with the film KKN Di Desa Penari.
The film, which was adapted from SimpleMan’s Twitter thread, was delayed twice until it was confirmed to be released on April 30, 2022. The results were amazing.
In just 20 days the film directed by Awi Suryadi became the highest-grossing Indonesian film of all time, overtaking Warkop DKI Reborn: Jangkrik Boss! Part 1 (2016) which had 6.8 million viewers.
KKN is not the only MD film that has successfully captured millions of viewers. Of the approximately 62 feature films produced, some of them even set records in the year they were published. Like Habibie & Ainun who broke the record for the highest-grossing film in 2012.
Here are 5 of MD Pictures’ best-selling films, with audiences of more than 2.5 million pairs of eyes.
1. Community Service Program in Dancer Village
Phenomenal! One word that deserves to be pinned for a film starring Aulia Sarah, Tissa Biani, Adinda Thomas, and Calvin Jeremy. After dethroning Pengabdi Setan to become the highest-grossing Indonesian horror film of all time, KKN won the most prestigious title that looks set to be hard to beat in the next few years. KKN recorded an audience of more than 7 million and will continue to grow as long as it doesn’t go off the screen.
2. Habibie & Ainun
Produced in 2012, the film starring Reza Rahadian and Bunga Citra Lestari became the highest-grossing film of 2012 with 4,601,249 viewers. This film beat its toughest competitors, 5 cm and The Raid.
3. Verses of Love
This is the second highest-grossing film in 2008. Starring Fedi Nuril, Carissa Puteri, and Rianty Cartwright, the film directed by Hanung Bramantyo made 3,676,210 audience excited, only losing to Laskar Pelangi.
4. Verses of Love 2
Repeating the success of its predecessor, the film that was released in 2017 was able to capture 2,840,159 pairs of eyes, being in third place after Pengabdi Setan and Warkop DKI Reborn: Jangkrik Boss Part 2.
5. Danur: I Can See The Ghost
This is MD Pictures’ second most successful horror film. Starring Prilly Latuconsina and Shareefa Daanish, the film produced by Pichouse Films, a subsidiary of MD Pictures, managed to terrorize 2,736,391 people.