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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Continues to Best New Entries

Apr 03, 2017
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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3rd Place Debut for GHOST IN THE SHELL

New entries failed to make a significant impression on the charts as the top two spots remained unchanged at the Korean box office. Out of the 1.98 million entries recorded over the weekend, local films lost a little ground, seeing their market share drop to 38%, while Hollywood titles accounted for 59% of the marketplace.

For a third consecutive week, Disney’s live action update of The Beauty and the Beast lorded over the charts. Down just 37%, the film added 652,000 viewers (USD 5.86 million) for a new total of 4.1 million admissions (USD 30.22 million). 

Showbox’s crime thriller The Prison had a reasonable hold in its sophomore frame, easing 47% for a weekend take of 514,000 tickets (USD 3.95 million). The jail-set thriller has now brought in 2.21 million spectators (USD 16.12 million).

Ghost in the Shell, the Scarlett Johansson-starring US remake of the Japanese anime classic of the same name, had a lacklustre debut in third place, mustering just 392,000 viewers (USD 3.1 million) over the weekend and 570,000 entries (USD 4.22 million) since its Wednesday debut.

Local conman thriller ONE-LINE, from distributor Next Entertainment World, was also unimpressive in its debut, mustering just 197,000 spectators (USD 1.45 million) over the three days and 291,000 admissions (USD 1.99 million) over its first five days.

Down one spot and a soft 27% was US 60s-set drama Hidden Figures, adding 79,000 viewers (USD 589,000) for a new 287,000 ticket (USD 2.05 million) total.

Miss Sloane, with Jessica Chastain, was the top diversity release, welcoming 12,500 viewers (USD 95,000) over the weekend and 23,000 spectators (USD 155,000) since its Wednesday bow. 

Hoping to topple the Disney fantasy-romance this coming weekend will be local melodrama One Day and local horror-mystery House of the Disappeared.
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