|4||Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon||8/10/11||91,886||7,245,651|
|6||From up on Poppy Hill (jp)||9/29/11||61,370||65,924|
|7||Mr. Popper's Penguins (us)||9/7/11||30,086||916,939|
|9||The Killer Elite (us)||9/22/11||12,828||147,049|
|10||Marrying the Mafia IV||9/7/11||11,227||2,345,076|
|-||Leafie, A Hen Into the Wild||7/27/11||4,435||2,183,191|
|-||The Day He Arrives||8/9/11||1,013||37,169|
Once again The Crucible (aka Silenced) dominated the marketplace with a staggering 911,179 tickets sold, this represents a huge 33% increase over last week's already impressive opening. With 2.5 million already tucked away (which puts it at No.7 on the yearly domestic chart), The Crucible should well in the coming weeks and may finds itself very high up the chart before long.
The other wide Korean release this week was Countdown, the new thriller starring Jeon Do-yeon and Jang Jae-yeong. Reviews have been good but the film only managed a disappointing 145,755 admissions in its first frame despite the strong pedigree attached. This kind of figure seems to reinforce the notion that star wattage is dwindling at the Korean box office in favor of strong ensemble cast. Last month's Hindsight seemed to suffer a similar fate.
Sunny's chart-topping performance. It should pass it within the next two weeks unless it crashes out very quickly but will not go any further.
Marrying the Mafia IV all but disappeared from the marketplace with a minuscule 11,227 as it finished out its run. Leafie, A Hen Into the Wild, Pained and Champ are still hanging around with very small takes while Hong Sang-soo's The Day He Arrives added another 1,013 to brings its total to 37,169.
The Crucible is all but guaranteed to stay up top next week as there will be no significant openings. The only wide Korean release will be Kim Sang-jin's new film Fighting Spirit, a baseball-themed comedy-drama.
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