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LUCK-KEY Has Fortuitous Start

Oct 18, 2016
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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Showbox and YOO Hae-jin Score Hit with Action-Comedy
 

Business surged over 30% after a new local title posted a far stronger-than-expected debut and gobbled up almost 70% of sales. Overall the weekend welcomed 2.41 million spectators, 73% of which opted for homegrown films.

Featuring YOO Hae-jin, last seen in RYOO Seung-wan’s sensation Veteran, as a hitman who unknowingly switches identities with a no-name actor, Luck-Key had an explosive debut, opening in first with 1.64 million viewers (USD 12.29 million). Including its big previews last week and midweek screenings, the film has already cracked the 2 million admissions (USD 14.83 million) mark.

Back down to second place after a 60% tumble in its third week was Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The fantasy brought in another 272,000 spectators (USD 2 million) to bring its total to a robust 2.49 million units (USD 17.79 million).

Horror title Don’t Breathe added another 157,000 spectators (USD 1.24 million) over the weekend after a 60% dip to bring its total to 894,000 viewers (USD 6.71 million).

Bridget Jones’ Baby remained flat even as it was off 59% in fourth place. The comedy added 57,000 tickets (USD 444,000) to give a new total of 761,000 admissions (USD 5.5 million). 

Idris Elba action vehicle Bastille Day opened in fifth place with 54,000 viewers (USD 400,000) and 70,000 spectators (USD 504,000) since Thursday.

Opening on top of the diversity chart and seventh overall was the controversial documentary Spy Nation, which debuted at the Jeonju International Film Festival earlier this year. The film welcomed 31,000 moviegoers (USD 236,000) over the frame and 58,000 spectators (USD 408,000) overall.

Though Luck-Key looks like it might repeat at the top, the coming week will also welcome competition from Inferno, the new Dan Brown adaptation starring Tom Hanks.

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