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KEYS TO THE HEART Rises to 1st

Jan 30, 2018
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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COMMUTER and THE DISCLOSER Debut Outside Top 5

No new releases cracked the top five over the past weekend, which saw local titles claim back the majority share after briefly losing it last week to Hollywood. With the absence of strong new business, sales were down about 25% to 2.33 million with Korean productions accounting for 53% of those.

After opening in second place last week, comedy-drama Keys to the Heart with LEE Byung-hun rose to first place as it increased 4% to 673,000 viewers (USD 5.35 million). After 12 days, the year’s first major local title has accumulated a strong 1.98 million spectators (USD 15.23 million).

Also up a spot was Disney-Pixar’s Coco, which dipped 15% in its third weekend as it added another 483,000 entries (USD 3.69 million) to bring its total to 2.56 million admissions (USD 19.07 million).

Following a solid start last weekend, trilogy closer Maze Runner: The Death Cure slid 59% to record another 361,000 sales (USD 2.91 million) over the frame, bringing its total to 1.95 million viewers (USD 15.25 million).

Fantasy hit Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds moved up a spot in its sixth weekend as it wooed another 230,000 spectators (USD 1.83 million), giving it 13.95 million admissions (USD 105.31 million) to date.

In fifth place was the local political drama 1987: When the Day Comes, which added 187,000 entries (USD 1.45 million) in its fifth weekend, raising its haul to 7.03 million visitors (USD 53.2 million).

The highest new entry on the chart was the Liam Neeson vehicle Commuter with 151,000 viewers (USD 1.2 million) in sixth, with 223,000 spectators (USD 1.71 million) since Wednesday, while local military drama The Discloser debuted in seventh with 109,000 entries (USD 859,000) and 164,000 admissions (USD 1.25 million) in five days.

The Lunar New Year holiday is still a few weeks away, but the season’s first major contender, YEON Sang-ho’s superhero drama Psychokinesis, should have no trouble attracting big crowds later this week.
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