|2||The Adventures of Tintin (us)||12/7/11||407,330||477,771|
|3||Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I (us)||11/30/11||249,656||1,227,325|
|4||Arthur Christmas (us)||11/25/11||124,832||520,821|
|9||Real Steel (us)||10/12/11||23,977||3,568,936|
|-||The Sleep Deeper Than Death (1979)||1,342||1,798|
|-||Life Is Peachy||12/08/11||877||1,521|
|-||The Forgotten Bag||11/17/11||624||5,339|
Clash of the Families in the first quarter before Sunny began its extraordinary run in May. War of the Arrows, the least-awaited summer blockbuster became the year's biggest hit and the fall produced the controversial Silenced, the still-playing crowd-pleaser Punch, and now it looks as though the sophomore Spellbound may join their ranks. A healthy 1.71 million tickets were sold this weekend, a slight uptick on last year's 1.67 and, encouragingly, the market share jumped 8 points to 49% despite only four Korean films on the chart. Very impressive given the time of year, a season typically dominated by Hollywood holiday tentpoles.
The Steven Spielberg-directed and Peter Jackson-produced motion capture animation Tintin opened in an enormous amount of theaters but only managed a 407,330 weekend. A decent start but nothing to write home about. The picture has had good reviews so perhaps it will benefit from good word of mouth down the line but this is far from certain.
SIU lost about half of its business for a 110,119 weekend but managed to cross the one million admissions mark in the process though this will be its only major milestone. Word of mouth hit Punch fell about 35% to 97,314 in its eighth week as it winds down it remarkable run. The six million admission mark is probably out of reach.
Outside the Top 10: Re-releases Gilsotteum and The Sleep Deeper Than Death sold 1,692 and 1,342 tickets; the lesbian drama Life Is Peachy sold only 877 tickets; and documentaries The Forgotten Bag and Dancing Cat added 624 and 621 tickets to their hauls.
Next Weekend: The gangster film Too Many Villains opens.
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