Helpless Continues Korean Hot Streak With First Place Finish
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|2||John Carter of Mars (us)||3/8/12||24.90%||368,197||413,150||511|
|4||This Means War (us)||2/29/12||8.60%||145,037||583,016||306|
|6||Stanley's Tiffin Box (in)||3/8/12||1.30%||24,847||33,395||162|
|8||Legends of Valhalla: Thor (ic)||2/9/12||1.10%||20,348||739,037||169|
|9||Safe House (us)||2/29/12||0.90%||15,157||155,265||180|
Coming in first place was the new thriller Helpless which stirred up a little bit of controversy earlier this year when one of its one sheets was deemed too risqué and subsequently banned from promotional use. The film opened with a very healthy 606,548 and reviews have generally been positive. Given the sophomore stints of a lot of the past few weeks' films it's hard to day how it will hold up, not to mention another big opener bowing in a few days.
, the $250 million dollar Disney sci-fi pic bombed in the US this weekend but seemed to have slightly better luck in Korea with a decent 368,197 admissions during its opening. It's not an enormous figure but the property is not known in the east so it performed about as well as could be expected. Given the film's mediocre reviews, it is unlikely that this will stick around for long but it is not impossible that it could build an audience. There's a deficit of sci-fi product in the country so this could potentially fill that spot.
Love Fiction saw a fairly steep 55% decline after its big opening which left it with 251,821. It's a shade below 1.5 million admissions in total and shouldn't have much trouble crossing two. It was strong out of the gate but looks to be fading fast.
dropped two spots to number four as it added 145,037 to its total, this represented a healthy 30% drop. With more weekends like this it could cross the 1 million mark before long.
Nameless Gangster dropped again, this time 50% for 93,198. It has 4.57 million admissions stowed away but seems less and less likely to make it to the big 5 mark though. Of course that's just an arbitrary milestone as the film has of course been extremely successful.
Indian film Stanley's Tiffin Box opened with 24,847, a strong figure for a South Asian Film though nowhere near as impressive as 3 Idiot's run last summer.
Icelandic animation Legends of Valhalla: Thor is hanging in there as it spends a 5th week in the top 10 with 20,348 take. It won't cross the one million mark but getting past 750,000 will be seen as a strong achievement.
Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds thriller Safe House completely crumbled after it's already disastrous opening as it pulled in a meager 15,157 after a 78% drop. We won't be hearing about this one anymore.
Next week the big new release will be Russian Coffee (Gabi) which will seek to push Helpless out of top spot. I imagine it will though I am not expecting any gargantuan figure for its opening. The film has had a troubled production and I'm not sure how high interest is, though certainly awareness is widespread. Also opening is Hollywood romance The Vow and Chinese epic 1911.
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