Tom Cruise's MI4 Scales Over My Way for Surprise Top Spot
|1||Mission: Impossible 4 (us)||12/15/11||1,230,676||3,677,069|
|3||Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (us)||12/21/11||517,421||659,039|
|6||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked (us)||12/15/11||162,953||383,500|
|7||Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! Reshiram (jp)||12/22/11||130,231||142,727|
|8||Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! Zekrom (jp)||12/22/11||113,229||124,173|
|9||The Adventures of Tintin (us)||12/7/11||39,870||773,043|
|10||Arthur Christmas (us)||11/25/11||31,682||614,441|
|-||My Barefoot Friend||12/15/11||437||1,653|
|-||Life Is Peachy||12/8/11||223||2,887|
|-||The Forgotten Bag||11/17/11||147||6,323|
|-||Too Many Villains||12/15/11||123||760|
Korean audiences seemed starved for either blockbuster fare or children's movies over this past holiday weekend. The bottom five of the top 10 were all movies aimed at children, including two Japanese animes. I've been noticing the relatively poor performance of these kids' films over the past few weeks but now that I see the market share their combined efforts occupy I wonder whether foreign distributors were just a little careless in looking at the release calendar for Korea, ultimately too many films with a specific audience battled it out for a piece of the same pie.
After last week's huge opening, Mission Impossible IV has actually increased 20% to 1,230,676. The film has accumulated nearly four million admissions already and has done so against considerable competition. Tom Cruise and company will likely end up very high on the yearly chart but how far will they go?
770,220, though it has sold just over a million tickets since opening. Perhaps business will pick up in the coming weeks but this is an alarming start to the blockbuster war film's theater run. Word of mouth has been mixed so far but awareness is huge for the pic.
The sequel to Sherlock Holmes had a solid debut with 517,42, slightly below the original's bow in 2009. The Perfect Game had a decent 340,574 weekend but I expected a bit more after the strong previews. However, there is some positive buzz surrounding the film so business could pick up, though it is a busy marketplace. Spellbound dropped three spots but held onto to 60% of its business for a 184,145 weekend and with over 2.5 million admissions through this point, the three million mark is not out of the question.
As already mentioned the bottom five in the chart were all children's films: Alvin and the Chipmunks (162,953); Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! Reshiram (130,231); Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! Zekrom (113,229); The Adventures of Tintin (39,870); and Arthur Christmas (31,682).
Outside the Top 10: Punch shed most of its theaters and sold 856 tickets; My Barefoot Friend added 437 admission in its second week; SIU also lost the majority of its theaters and wound up with 271; Life Is Peachy dropped to 223; Dancing Cat added 191 to its impressive limited run; The Forgotten Bag sold 147 this week; and Too Many Villains, a film I'm tremendously excited to see, sadly sold a paltry 123 tickets in its second weekend, with only 760 in total.
Next Week: All eyes will be on MI4 and My Way as we see how they perform in their third and second weeks respectively.
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