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  • by Pierce Conran /  Nov 14, 2017
  • THOR Tops Chart for 3rd Week

    New releases failed to top the chart for a second weekend running as admissions dipped to 1.82 million while local titles lost their market advantage to Hollywood as they fell to a 42% share.

    Claiming the top spot for a third consecutive weekend following a 44% slide, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok continued to satisfy Korean viewers, with 465,000 more seats (USD 3.52 million) filled. The film has generated a strong 4.23 million in ticket sales (USD 30.99 million) to date, far outstripping its Thor predecessors.

    After a slow start on Wednesday, Blumhouse’s horror-comedy Happy Death Day put in a surprisingly decent performance as it accumulated 412,000 entries (USD 3.06 million) over the weekend for a five-day total of 506,000 viewers (USD 3.7 million).

    Last week’s highest new entry, the local family comedy The Bros, shrunk its audience by half as it added another 307,000 spectators (USD 2.25 million) for an impressive 1.28 million sales (USD 9.13 million) to date, a testament to lead actor Don LEE’s (aka MA Dong-seok) current popularity in the market.

    LEE was also in fourth place with his major Chuseok hit THE OUTLAWS, which fell just 35% in its sixth weekend with another 174,000 entries (1.34 million) for a brilliant 6.68 million admissions (USD 48.8 million) total so far.

    Following a poor opening day, KIM Hye-soo action vehicle A Special Lady suffered from poor word of mouth as it fell repeatedly during the weekend, ultimately admitting just 139,000 viewers (USD 1.04 million) during its debut, and 193,000 spectators (USD 1.39 million) for its first four days.

    Down in sixth, Korea’s Silent Witness remake Heart Blackened with CHOI Min-shik tumbled 75% once its screening count was slashed after its small debut, adding another 61,000 admissions (USD 456,000) to bring its total to 467,000 entries (USD 3.34 million). 

    In seventh, local melodrama The Preparation opened with a quiet 56,000 sales (USD 391,000) and 75,000 visitors (USD 506,000) recorded over four days.

    Meanwhile Loving Vincent was the top limited release, after filling 40,000 seats (USD 302,000) over the weekend, and 50,000 (USD 375,000) since Thursday.
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