Neighbors Tops Korea-Heavy Chart
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|2||The Grand Heist||8/8/12||20.10%||537,099||4,106,828||515|
|4||R2B: Return to Base||8/15/12||6.80%||182,718||1,059,543||331|
|5||Total Recall (us)||8/15/12||6.60%||172,453||1,111,574||321|
|6||Step Up 4 (us)||8/15/12||6.50%||164,872||672,959||269|
|7||Sammy's Adventures 2 (be)||8/1/12||2.60%||71,952||1,401,327||244|
|8||Animals United (ge)||8/8/12||1.10%||33,674||275,373||115|
|9||The Dark Knight Rises (us)||7/19/12||1.30%||29,475||6,359,420||81|
|10||Red Lights (us)||8/23/12||1.10%||29,341||38,204||197|
After four weeks at number 1, The Thieves ceded its crown to Neighbors, a well-marketed thriller that exceeded expectations with a hefty 780,556 admissions. The pic has had good early reviews and has already banked over a million since opening on Wednesday. Competition will remain fierce over the coming weeks but after the levity of recent hits, Neighbors seems to be just the right mix of star power and dark elements to usher in the fall.
The Thieves may have fallen two spots but it still took in 513,409 in its fifth weekend and has now amassed over 12 million admissions to become the 3rd highest grossing Korean film of all time (4th overall). It will cross The King and the Clown (2005) during the week and will soon be knocking on the The Host's (2006) door to become the king Korean films. However, Avatar's 13.3 million total could still hold if The Thieves starts to drop very fast, which could happen.
Closing out the top 5 was Total Recall which dropped an unsurprising 60% in its second spin on the charts. It earned 172,454 and has also passed the 1 million threshold.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is opening next week but my guess is that the Korean thriller The Traffickers will top the chart. It has been well-marketed and the buzz seems positive. However, Neighbors, with its similarly dark premise, may have sapped some demand for this kind of picture so it might be a tight race between the two for the top spot.
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