Masquerade Goes for 5-in-a-Row and on Track for 10 Million
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|2||A Company Man||10/11/12||27.00%||468,300||576,744||549|
|7||Taken 2 (us)||9/27/12||3.40%||58,376||2,267,568||281|
Going for 5-in-a-row, Masquerade once again held onto the top spot with an impressive 683,845 and will easily cross the 10 million mark within a week and could yet go further still.
A Company Man had a so-so start with 468,300. As big a star as So Ji-seob is, perhaps his appeal is a better fit for television as last year's Always also disappointed during its run. Its box office chances were also likely eroded by the unexpected longevity of Masquerade's success. The film has been well-received and may bounce back but with another big Korean thriller hitting screens next week it will face an uphill battle.
Ghost Sweepers took a hefty dive after its bad start as it posted a meager 112,637. The poorly marketed shaman comedy is now unlikely to cross the 1 million milestone.
Opening at number 5, the glitzy Chinese-Korean co-production Dangerous Liaisons was a big disappointment with only 106,821. Despite some huge stars and a large festival presence, Hur Jin-ho's film fell way short of the mark.
Next week sees CJ's romantic thriller Perfect Number go head-to-head with Masquerade on its 6th weekend and honestly, at this stage, all bets are off.
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