The Jakarta Post
A still from 'Dilan 1991'. (Max Pictures' official YouTube/File)
Despite the rise of streaming services and the plethora of foreign-made films in cinemas, local films have still managed to attract moviegoers to theaters.
According to website filmindonesia.or.id, Indonesia's most-watched film in theaters this year was Dilan 1991, which sold 5.25 million tickets in total. It is the sequel to Dilan 1990, the most-watched Indonesian film in 2018 with over 6.31 million tickets sold.
Following these accomplishments, it's no wonder the producers are already preparing to release a third movie, Milea: Suara dari Dilan (Milea: Voices from Dilan), slated to be released on Feb. 13, 2020.
Adapted from the second volume of Pidi Baiq’s teen romance novels, Dilan Bagian Kedua: Dia adalah Dilanku Tahun 1991 (Dilan Part Two: He's My Dilan in 1991), Dilan 1991 follows the story of high school sweethearts Dilan (Iqbaal Ramadhan) and Milea (Vanesha Prescilla) after they become an "official" couple, with Milea growing uncomfortable over Dilan's activities in a motorcycle gang.
The second-most watched movie this year, Dua Garis Biru (Two Blue Stripes), sold over 2.53 million tickets despite the controversy surrounding it. The directorial debut of Gina S. Noer, Dua Garis Biru put the spotlight on teenage pregnancy and sex education, a topic still considered taboo among many parents in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, horror film Danur 3: Sunyaruri was the third-ranked box office hit in 2019 with 2.41 million views. The movie serves as a prequel to Danur and Danur 2: Maddah, which made the most-watched lists in 2017 and 2018 respectively. (kes)
Below is the entire top 10 list of most successful Indonesian movies in 2019: