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BELIEVER Wins More Converts in 2nd Weekend Win

Jun 05, 2018
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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DEADPOOL 2 Remains in 2nd Place with No New Wide Releases

With no major releases entering the marketplace, most holdovers saw strongholds in the first week of June in Korea. With a local film over-performing in first place, the market share for Korean films rose to 66%, while the absence of fresh product caused the market to slow 25% as 1.55 million viewers were recorded over the frame.

Down just 12% as it soared over its breakeven point, Drug War remake Believer became the most successful film in director LEE Hae-young’s career and the most well-attended Korean release of 2018 to date. With an additional 981,000 spectators (USD 8.24 million), the action-thriller has now reached 3.53 million entries (USD 28.28 million) through strong word-of-mouth. With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom entering the market on Wednesday, the film will have to relinquish the box office crown, but further milestones are still available.

Slowing 46% in its third weekend was Deadpool 2, which brought in another 231,000 viewers (USD 1.99 million) to push its total to 3.62 million ticket sales (USD 30.57 million). As it will likely shed theaters en masse in the coming days, it should see a steeper dive next week as it wraps up its solid box office run in Korea.

Avengers: Infinity War was down just 34% in third place during its sixth week on the charts. With another 72,000 entries (USD 632,000), the blockbuster is now at 11.14 million viewers (USD 92.68 million), which pushed it past Silmido (2003) to become the 17th most successful film of all time at the Korean box office.

Both down just shy of 40%, last week’s fifth and sixth-ranked films jumped up one rank each at the box office, with Truth or Dare pulling in 58,000 admissions (USD 484,000) for a 289,000 viewer (USD 2.3 million) total, while Peter Rabbit added 46,000 spectators (USD 342,000), raising its take to 364,000 entries (USD 2.64 million).

Following its disastrous debut, Solo: A Star Wars Story crashed 66% and down to sixth place with 37,000 seats filled (USD 319,000), giving the Disney tentpole a paltry 203,000 sales (USD 1.75 million) in Korea in 10 days.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will open on Memorial Day in Korea, which falls on Wednesday, and is expected to post massive numbers. As of Monday lunchtime, it was dominating the reservations chart with over 225,000 seats reserved and accounting for 77% of all sales.
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