The remake of a 1999 Asian cult hit ended war comedy Tropic Thunder's reign on the top of America's movie charts.
Ben Stiller's film slipped into second place in its fourth week on release with $7.5 million ($4 million).
Anna Faris' comedy The House Bunny rounds out the new top three.
Continue reading: Cage Claims Number One With Action Film
The actor, 44, was in Thailand in 2006 filming the action flick when violence erupted as the military threw out prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his government.
He recalls, "I was on the set around one in the morning, firing an automatic weapon, when the gun wrangler said, 'You've got to stop shooting. There's a military coup about to happen.'
"I didn't even know what that meant. When was the last time we had a military coup in the U.S.?
Continue reading: Cage Filmed Through Military Coup
Actor Nicolas Cage was so determined not to let Thailand's 2006 military coup disrupt shooting on his new film Bangkok Dangerous, he immediately returned to the troubled country after securing his family's safety.
Cage was filming action flick Bangkok Dangerous in Thailand when the military seized government power two years ago, sparking chaos in the country.
But he made sure filming on the project continued through the coup - and spent one night flying back and forth between Thailand and South Korea to make sure his relatives were far away from the unsettled region.
He recalls, "It happened when we were shooting at night, and I walked off the set, rode a boat on the Chao Phraya River back to the hotel, woke up my wife and our little son, Kal-el, and my father-in-law, drove them to the airport and got on a plane to Korea with them, dropped them off, hopped on another plane, and flew back to Thailand to report to the set that next night."
Continue reading: Cage Defied Advice To Fly Back Into Danger Zone For New Movie
The producers of Nicolas Cage's new movie have been forced to halt production thanks to a military coup in Thailand.
Cage was shooting a remake of 1999 gangster thriller Bangkok Dangerous, called TIME TO KILL, when cast and crew were advised to take the military situation seriously.
Producers insisted all cast and crew members return to their hotels and await further instructions.
According to reports, Cage has a private jet on standby at a nearby airport, just in case the situation escalates and he is forced to flee at short notice.
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