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THE FORTRESS Narrowly Edges out THE OUTLAWS for Chuseok Crown

Oct 13, 2017
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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KINGSMAN and I CAN SPEAK Round Out Busy Holiday Season
 
 
A very busy holiday period culminated with a large 4.11 million admissions weekend, during which four major titles shared the spoils. Three among those were homegrown, contributing to a 76% local market share advantage.

After a big opening day, fueled by interest in its star lineup, Joseon Era siege drama The Fortress held on to enough of its audience to clinch a weekend victory with 1.37 million entries (USD 9.87 million). Over its first six days, HWANG Dong-hyuk (Miss Granny, 2014) helmed the film with LEE Byung-hun, KIM Yun-seok, PARK Hae-il and more, scored 3 million admissions (USD 21.76 million).

Though it opened down in third place on Tuesday, Don LEE-led crime thriller The Outlaws built some stellar word of mouth and was top of the charts by Sunday, which was enough for a close second place weekend total of 1.13 million viewers (USD 8.3 million), with 1.81 million spectators (USD 13.3 million) in its first six days and plenty more this week as it widens its gap in first place each day.

Following a stellar debut last week, Kingsman: The Golden Circle burnt out demand and fell 55% and two spots to third. The action sequel filled another 716,000 seats (USD 5.55 million) to give it an impressive 4.4 million entry total (USD 32.13 million), though it won’t have enough gas in the tank to catch up with the Korean total of its predecessor, which wound up with 6.13 million. 

Down just 16% in its third spin on the charts was local sleeper hit I Can Speak, which filled another 463,000 seats (USD 3.28 million) to give it an impressive 2.87 million admissions (USD 19.85 million) haul. Meanwhile, the top five was rounded out by the Korean co-produced animation sequel The Nut Job 2, which had a lackluster 154,000 viewer (USD 1.02 million) weekend start and has sold 250,000 tickets (USD 1.66 million) since last Tuesday.

The Outlaws is well positioned to score a first place victory this weekend while Blade Runner 2049 should drum up some interest in second place. KWAK Kyung-taek’s local thriller RV: Resurrected Victims will also hit theaters over the frame.
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