Nameless Gangster Leads the Charge as Local Films Clean Out the Competition
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|6||Happy Feet 2||2/2/12||4.40%||99,405||109,141||312|
|7||Puss in Boots||1/12/12||3.50%||83,013||2,005,691||247|
|8||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||1/19/12||1.40%||36,000||1,119,487||174|
|9||I Don't Know How She Does It||2/2/12||1.30%||30,324||39,845||165|
|10||Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol||12/15/11||0.70%||17,438||7,538,551||89|
Leading the charge was the hotly anticipated Nameless Gangster which did not disappoint, both with its positive notices and supercharged 917,379 opening weekend. It's no small feat coming so close to the million mark at this time of year but even more encouraging in light of the strong competition from Lunar New Year's leading releases. It will probably remain strong next weekend, likely taking the crown again but will face stiff competition thereafter following the debut of Howling.
Unbowed slowed a little over 40% in its third weekend, winding up with 406,646 which put it past 2.5 millin admissions. Dancing Queen was next with 322,688, a 45% drop, it also crossed the 2.5 million mark. Dancing Queen is still in the lead but Unbowed is likely to pull ahead before too long. 3 million is a guarantee for both but it will be interesting to see if they go further, especially Unbowed.
Tarbosaurus 3D dropped about a third and succeeded in lording over the numerous other children's offerings with its 219,930 take. It looks set to cross the one million mark before long, another feather in Korean animation's cap.
The next three entries in the chart were Hollywood kids movies Happy Feet 2 (99,405), Puss in Boots (83,013), and Journey 2: Mysterious Island (36,000). Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle I Don't Know How She Does It was a non-starter with 30,324 while Mission Impossible 4 is now winding up its extraordinary run, amassing an additional 17,438. Its 7,538,551 total is enormous but Transformers 3's chart-topping figure is now soundly out of reach.
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