|1||Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (us)||11/30/11||482,384||775,522|
|5||Arthur Christmas (us)||11/25/11||144,574||367,274|
|6||Real Steel (us)||10/12/11||58,945||3,521,389|
|10||You're My Pet||11/10/11||4,234||541,356|
|-||The Houseguest and My Mother (1961)||10/27/11||1,543||1,985|
|-||King of Pigs||11/17/11||774||17,526|
Petty Romance opened. As Darcy Paquet noted in his biweekly box office evaluation for KOBIZ, Korean cinema will have to face off with a number of American tentpole releases in December but this is a very encouraging start to the holiday season.
The new Twilight opened in first place as was expected, the first non-Korean film to do so since October (Real Steel) and only the second since July (Harry Potter). However its 482,384 opening was a little soft, certainly coming in below my expectations. From here on out, this frontloaded pic should drop very fast.
Last week's one-time champ SIU fell two places, slowing about 40% to 201,264. The buzz has not been fantastic surrounding the film and it will likely drop relatively quickly out of the top 10 though it will shoot well past the 1 or even 1.5 million admissions mark in the process.
The next five spots were all held by Hollywood releases beginning with Arthur Christmas which held onto most of its opening as it added 144,574 to its total. Real Steel finally saw a substantial drop but it has had a phenomenal run and the 58,945 tickets it sold brought it over 3.5 million admissions. Brad Pitt's Moneyball dove 60% to 39,267 while Immortals fell 70% to 27,951 and 50/50 also shed 60% for 17,663.
Outside of the Top 10: Penny Pinchers added another 1,560 to its total; Shin Sang-ok's classic The Houseguest and My Mother (1961) sold 1,543 tickets in re-release; Perfect Partner fell hard to 1,162 and all but guaranteed it won't be crossing the 100,000 mark; Dancing Cat sold another 937 tickets; and King of Pigs added an additional 774 admissions.
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