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THE MAN STANDING NEXT Repeats During Slow Weekend

Feb 03, 2020
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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Coronavirus Fears Dampen Korean Box Office

The post-Lunar New Year weekend suffered a far steeper crash than usual this year due to fears over the spread of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, which has so far infected 15 people in South Korea. Admission were down 70% to 1.11 million and local holdovers largely dominated the charts, accounting for 84% of all sales.

Claiming its second weekend win was WOO Min-ho’s Lunar New Year champ The Man Standing Next, even after crashing a hefty 75%. The political drama with LEE Byung-hun secured another 508,000 viewers (USD 3.72 million), bolstering its total to a significant 4.25 million admissions (USD 30.94 million).

Easing the least among wide releases was the local action-comedy HITMAN: AGENT JUN with KWON Sang-woo, which was down 64% with 338,000 entries (USD 2.47 million) recorded. The hit has now accrued 2.13 million sales. (USD 15.34 million)

Down 70% was the Hollywood animation Spies in Disguise which filled another 53,000 seats (USD 364,000) and has now reached 427,000 admissions (USD 2.93 million).

High concept comedy MR. ZOO: THE MISSING VIP with LEE Sung-min was down a sharp 85% in its second weekend. It added 44,000 sales (USD 307,000) and has to date reached a middling 588,000 spectators (USD 4.14 million).

In fifth place was a ten-year anniversary rerelease of Christopher NOLAN’s Inception (2010). The sci-fi action hit added 39,000 viewers (USD 300,000), bolstering its lifetime total to 5.9 million admissions.

The brightest spot on the charts was surely the French indie hit Portrait of a Lady on Fire in limited release, which eased just 9% in its third weekend, during which it sold another 16,000 tickets (USD 113,000) in seventh place, pushing its total to 111,000 viewers (USD 775,000).

This week will welcome the local horror The Closet with HA Jung-woo and KIM Nam-gil, as well as the DC Comics action title Birds of Prey, although both may be impacted by dwindling theatrical admissions during the global health scare.
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