Nameless Gangster Fights Back During Close Weekend
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|3||Man On a Ledge (us)||2/22/12||15.70%||260,386||334,604||409|
|5||Underworld 4 (us)||2/22/12||7.60%||101,695||138,798||343|
|6||Legends of Valhalla (is)||2/9/12||5.40%||96,310||578,744||293|
|7||The Iron Lady (uk)||2/23/12||2.90%||47,564||56,386||154|
|9||The Grey (us)||2/16/12||2.50%||41,876||279,309||214|
|10||Legend of a Rabbit (ch)||2/22/12||2.30%||41,448||58,679||224|
Nameless Gangster came out on top in the end with 353,394, its third chart-topping performance in four weeks. Even more good news is that the film will cross the four million mark on Monday and stands a a good chance of reaching another benchmark. It will face some competition in the coming weeks, mostly from more Korean releases, but things will get harder in March as new Hollywood male-skewing blockbusters will enter the marketplace.
Hollywood thriller Man On a Ledge opened with a decent 260,386 but will likely tumble down a few flights come next weekend.
Underworld 4 barely registered with a 101,695 opening weekend but this comes as no surprise given that the franchise has not previously met with much success on the peninsula.
Icelandic animation Legends of Valhalla: Thor continued its unlikely run as it added another 96,310 to its modestly successful total.
Korean animation Tarbosaurus 3D dropped another spot and nearly 40% for 44,462 but it looks set to become only the second Korean animation, after last year's Leafie, A Hen Into the Wild, to cross the one million admissions mark domestically.
Liam Neeson vehicle The Grey crumbled in its sophomore weekend, falling four rungs and losing 70% of its business for a tepid 41,876 take. The action pic is unlikely to register in the top 10 for a third weekend.
Unbowed just missed the top 10 with 35,842 as it crossed 3.4 million admissions.
Next week's major release is the Ha Jung-woo and Kong Hyo-jin romcom Love Fiction. Ha is already riding high with Nameless Gangster and will likely end up as the lead of next weekend's top two films. The question is how well will his latest fare? I'm betting it will do quite well, perhaps pulling in over 500,000 admissions.
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