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FIRST MAN Lifts Off in Korea

Oct 23, 2018
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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MISS BAEK Strong among Holdovers

Despite the entry of a major new Hollywood tentpole, sales dipped about 20% as holdovers continued to power most of the sales in the Korean market. US titles accounted for 57% of sales while homegrown films took up a 40% share of the market. 

Following its Korean premiere at the Busan International Film Festival earlier this month, Damien CHAZELLE’s acclaimed space drama First Man debuted atop the Korean market with 350,000 tickets (USD 2.91 million) sold over the weekend and 423,000 seats (USD 3.48 million) filled over its first four days.

Slowing 44% in its third week was the hit local investigative drama Dark Figure of Crime with KIM Yun-seok and JU Ji-hoon. The Showbox title added 312,000 viewers (USD 2.46 million) over the frame to bring its total to a robust 3.4 million entries (USD 26.31 million) to date. 

Also in its third week was the Sony-Marvel tentpole Venom, which sold another 241,000 tickets (USD 1.87 million) to lift its total to a healthy 3.67 million admissions (USD 28.6 million).

Dipping just 11% in its sophomore frame was the hit local indie Miss Baek. With another 144,000 spectators (USD 1.13 million), the low-budget title is now at 453,000 entries (USD 3.44 million)

Oscar hopeful A Star Is Born slowed 34% with another 57,000 sales (USD 470,000), pushing its Korean total to 268,000 viewers (USD 2.09 million) in 13 days.

Looking to take a big bite out of the box office next week will be the local period horror action-thriller Rampant, a new vehicle for popular star HYUN Bin.
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