Battleship Sinks the Competition
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|5||Hunger Games (us)||4/5/12||4.30%||69,271||504,807||323|
|6||Over My Dead Body||3/29/12||4.20%||67,258||880,154||268|
|7||Titanic 3D (us)||2/20/98||5.70%||56,092||269,254||159|
|8||Beauty and the Beast (us)||7/4/92||3.80%||44,552||96,480||220|
|10||Wrath of the Titans (us)||3/29/12||0.60%||10,086||883,711||114|
Battleship shot into first place with 673,952 and has already accumulated nearly 1.2 million admissions since it opened on Election Day, a holiday in Korea. While certainly a strong figure it doesn't come close to some of the bigger openings of the past 12 months and will need to battle poor reviews to become a bonafide blockbuster.
The major new Korean release of the week was the thriller The Scent, starring Park Hee-soon and Park Si-yeon, which had a so-so start with 242,544. The only thing that will save it now is very positive word of mouth but I have yet to hear anything about it and more than likely it will fade quickly.
French feelgood hit Untouchable dropped one more spot but lost over 60% of its steam for an 84,418 weekend. In the meantime it has crossed the 1.5 million admissions mark which is a remarkable feat for a continental European film.
Over My Dead Body lost two thirds of its business as it added 67,258 admissions to its total which could still reach the one million mark. It will be close but next week's dearth of new openings could give it its chance.
At number seven, the 3D rerelease of Titanic added 56,092 to its bounty while the Disney rerelease of The Beauty and the Beast managed 44,552 in its opening weekend.
The anticipated Kim Jee-woon and Lim Pil-sung directed omnibus Doomsday Book garnered a less than impressive 31,564 during its debut but this should come as no surprise. Short collections never make a the box office, actually this is a pretty good result in light of that fact.
I'm curious to see what will happen next weekend as there does not seem to be any new wide releases. Battleship stands a very strong chance of staying in number one but Architecture 101, which is a proven hit, also has a good shot of reclaiming the top spot. Business will be down overall so holdovers will have a chance to see better returns but this is all just the calm before the storm as summer will really take off on April 26 when both the Hollywood The Avengers and Korean A Muse (Eungyo) see the light of day.
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