|2||Real Steel (us)||10/12/11||453,322||1,485,699|
|5||The Three Musketeers (uk)||10/12/11||99,595||564,313|
|7||Paranormal Activity 3 (us)||10/20/11||49,321||56,590|
|9||Major: Yujo No Winning Shot (jp)||10/20/11||7,085||8,251|
|10||War of the Arrows Director's Cut||5,256||6,290|
|-||War of the Arrows||8/10/11||3,810||7,451,344|
|-||Leafie, A Hen Into the Wild||7/27/11||1,359||2,197,866|
The number one movie was Punch, which after getting good notices at the Busan International Film Festival and performing well in previews last weekend, opened to a solid 461,290. Word of mouth will likely be strong, which means it could play well through November. In recent years, Kim Yun-seok has turned into a massive force at the box office. One of the few bankable stars remaining in Korea, his most recent features have all gone way past 2 million viewers: The Yellow Sea (2.42 million), Woochi (6.1 million), Running Turtle (3.05 million), and The Chaser (5.07 million). If Punch continues this trend, which it likely will, his streak is not likely to an end any time soon with the release of the much anticipated The Thieves just around the corner.
Always seemed poised for a decent opening considering all the attention it received as BIFF's opening gala presentation and its promising previews last weekend but the negative buzz and critical savaging of the picture as already caught up to it. It opened to a disappointing 268,422 and will likely exit the Top 10 swiftly.
The Client, which had been holding on to the number 2 spot for three weeks fell to number 4 with a 60% drop. Its weekend haul of 115, 135 was enough for it clinch the last spot in the yearly top 10. It may still have enough left in the tank to crawl up two more rungs and unseat Marrying the Mafia IV.
Silenced (aka The Crucible) took another big fall this weekend (67%) as the media attention it had been receiving has died down, it added 80, 528 to its total. I wonder whether it could still move up to number 3 for the year by topping Detective K's total.
Hit came in at number 8 with 14,372 after seeing two thirds of its theater count slashed. Rounding out the top 10 was the director's cut of War of the Arrows which opened in select locations to 5,256. The new cut may play wider depending on its performance but I think it is more likely to tour around different locations.
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