|1||Real Steel (us)||10/12/11||590,043||789,230|
|3||The Three Musketeers (uk)||10/12/11||258,299||376,220|
|9||War of the Arrows||8/10/11||19,810||7,430,360|
|-||Leafie, A Hen Into the Wild||27/7/11||1,300||2,195,700|
|-||The Day He Arrives||8/9/11||510||42,983|
The Client clung to the number two spot for its third straight week with a 282,910 take. This represents a drop slightly over 40% and puts into doubt whether it can join the 3 million club as it has only just cracked the two million mark.
Punch and Always were next at 56,116 and 45,687 respectively as they played in previews. These are both strong figures for the recent Busan Film Fest features. They open wide next week and will likely battle it out for first place. Kim Sang-jin's Fighting Spirit took a big 70% dive after its lackluster opening. It added 29,617 for a 192,831 total, a disappointing result and this may drop out of the top 10 as early as next week.
Countdown crumbled again with 10,324 tickets sold.
This weekend's take amounted to 1.58 million tickets, a healthy increase over both last weekend (22.5%) and last year's comparable frame (50%). The bad news is that that increase benefited a major Hollywood release. Despite having 8 of the top 10 spots, this weekend's Korean market share was only 45%, down a little from last years's 55% but a lot from the last two weekend's 87% and 81%. Somewhat ironic given that Busan just wrapped up. However the festival's releases will soon be inundating theaters and will likely post strong numbers.
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