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  • ALONG WITH THE GODS Continues March Towards Record Books
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jan 02, 2018
  • 1987: WHEN THE DAY COMES Poses Threat in 2nd

    Closing out the year with a bang was the busiest New Year’s Eve weekend on record, during which three local releases controlled the charts. Just over 90% of tickets went to domestic product as a stellar 4.59 million viewers marched into theaters just ahead of the new year.

    Down only 10% after one of the biggest opening weekends of all time, Lotte Entertainment’s VFX fantasy epic Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds added a huge 2.46 million admissions (USD 19.24 million) to reach a massive 8.54 million entries (USD 64.09 million) even before accounting for New Year’s Day. The 10 million club will welcome a new member within days while the real question is how far will this blockbuster soar?

    Star-studded political drama 1987: When the Day Comes was the last of the local end-of-year titles to bow and it did so with some of the best scores recorded by critics and viewers over the last year. The CJ Entertainment film bowed with a big 1.35 million viewers (USD 10.6 million) over the weekend and 1.94 million spectators (USD 14.29 million) since its Wednesday start while strong word of mouth should ensure a lengthy run through January.

    With so much local competition, NEW’s NK action-drama Steel Rain was down 63% as it sold another 290,000 tickets (USD 2.24 million), which was enough to push its total past the 4 million admissions (USD 30 million) barrier, a respectable milestone for a film of its size.

    The Greatest Showman lost half its Christmas audience as it slowed to 147,000 entries (USD 1.16 million) for a total of 815,000 admissions (USD 6.25 million) while the Pokemon the movie: I Choose You! closed out the top five with 87,000 viewers (USD 625,000) for 415,000 spectators (USD 2.93 million) in ten days.

    The only major release posing a threat this weekend will be the family title Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle but overall business should continue to be dominated by local juggernauts in the first weekend of 2018.
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