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  • DEFAULT Shuts Out DOOR LOCK Debut
  • by Pierce Conran /  Dec 11, 2018
  • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Still Strong, Crosses 7 Million in Week 6

    With a new Korean title in the mix, the local industry strengthened its hold on the charts by rising to a 58% market share, as tickets sales remained strong at the box office in the first half of December. Overall, 2.47 million admissions were recorded over the past weekend. 

    Despite losing the top spot for a few days mid-week, financial drama Default reclaimed the first rank over the weekend to get its second top-place finish with 631,000 viewers (USD 5.96 million), which represented a 40% week-on-week drop. To date, the star-studded period saga has accumulated 2.72 million admissions (USD 19.87 million).

    Down only 26% in its sixth week, musical biopic sensation Bohemian Rhapsody was steady in second place with 597,000 entries (USD 4.8 million), which was enough to push it past the seven million spectator (USD 54.5 million) mark after its sixth weekend on the charts.

    Opening in first on Wednesday was LEE Kwon’s local thriller Door Lock. However, despite a solid reception from critics, this remake of the Spanish thriller Sleep Tight slipped over the following days and ended the weekend in third place with 572,000 sales (USD 4.38 million). Over five days the mid-budget film has sold a very respectable 828,000 tickets (USD 6.13 million).

    Quite a bit behind was the Hollywood fantasy film title The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which bowed with 193,000 entries (USD 1.47 million) over the frame and 230,000 viewers (USD 1.72 million) since its Thursday opening.

    Fellow English-language fantasy film Mortal Engines closed out the top five where it debuted with 131,000 admissions (USD 1.08 million), giving it 203,000 spectators (USD 1.62 million) over its first five days.

    The only major new release this coming weekend is the animated Marvel title Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but currently topping the reservations chart is Swing Kids, one of next week’s major Christmas releases. From director KANG Hyoung-chul, this Korean War tap dance musical is having limited preview screenings this weekend and should figure somewhere on the charts.
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