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JOKER Laughs all the Way to the Top

Oct 07, 2019
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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Business rose by over two thirds this past weekend with the entry of three major titles, adding up to a weekend that saw 2.51 million tickets sold. With a hot new title from Hollywood leading the way, the local market share dipped to 44%.

Mirroring its success in several other markets, the Warner Bros-DC Comics dark origin story Joker with Joaquin PHOENIX, which picked up the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, easily claimed the top rank on the charts with 1.28 million viewers (USD 9.61 million) recorded over the weekend, and a stellar 2.2 million admissions (USD 16.24 million) to date over its first five days, which included Thursday’s National Foundation Day holiday.

Debuting a distance behind was the local romantic comedy Crazy Romance with KONG Hyo-jin and KIM Rae-won. However, 624,000 entries (USD 4.57 million) was a strong figure for the well-received pic, which has already accumulated 1.06 million sales (USD 7.66 million) since its Wednesday bow.

The homegrown mismatched buddy comedy Man of Men with SUL Kyung-gu and CHO Jin-woong entered the charts in third with 324,000 seats (USD 2.35 million) filled over the frame and a running total of 664,000 spectators (USD 4.64 million) after five days in theaters.

Making way for the glut of new releases was the Korean War action-drama Battle of Jangsari, which tumbled three spots and 79% as it recorded another 102,000 entries (USD 712,000), giving it a combined total of 1.04 million admissions (USD 9.33 million) to date.

Russian animation The Princess and The Dragon kicked off its run with 36,000 sales (USD 236,000) in fifth place, and a total of 70,000 tickets (USD 461,000) sold over its first five days.

The new Will SMITH action vehicle Gemini Man, from acclaimed director Ang LEE, will seek to threaten Joker as it debuts this coming week, while Korean holdovers should continue to make their presence felt in the top five.
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