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THE OUTLAWS Stays Tough in 1st Place

Oct 17, 2017
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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Last week’s top two Chuseok titles switched places but held all newcomers at bay in a solid post-holiday weekend that welcomed 1.91 million viewers. Local titles were once again far ahead with a 78% market share and should remain strong throughout the fall season.

Ascending to first place on the back of stellar word of mouth was KANG Yoon-sung’s crime debut THE OUTLAWS with Don LEE (aka MA Dong-seok) in the lead. The film slid just 16% for a powerful 952,000 spectator (USD 7.21 million) frame, strengthening its total to a stellar 3.67 million admissions (USD 27.02 million). If it continues like this, the unlikely hit may cross Kingsman: The Golden Circle to become this year’s biggest Chuseok holiday hit.

After a strong start, the well-reviewed but sober period film The Fortress couldn’t rally any more viewers as it crashed 85%. Though it only recorded 205,000 viewers (USD 1.47 million) in its second weekend, the film, which stars LEE Byung-hun, KIM Yun-seok, PARK Hae-il and KO Soo, has already banked a respectable 3.62 million entries (USD 26.19 million).

Showbox’s supernatural thriller RV: Resurrected Victims, the latest from director KWAK Kyung-taek, had a tepid debut in third with just 190,000 tickets (USD 1.37 million) sold over the weekend and 242,000 viewers (USD 1.71 million) over its first four days.

Even less impressive was the debut of Denis Villeneuve’s critically-acclaimed Blade Runner 2049, which fizzled with a 158,000 entry (USD 1.25 million) debut and 224,000 spectators (USD 1.75 million) since Thursday.

In its third week, Kingsman: The Golden Circle closed out the top five after slowing 78% with 152,000 admissions (USD 1.16 million). The sequel has now filled an impressive 4.81 million seats (USD 35.39 million) to date.

Local period drama Man of Will is next on deck as it will try to take away the box office crown from THE OUTLAWS this coming weekend.
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