Werewolf Boy Fights Off Twilight For Third Win
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|2||Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (us)||11/15/12||34.60%||880,700||1,080,756||665|
|3||Confession of Murder||11/8/12||17.20%||416,119||1,538,341||388|
|4||Code Name: Jackal||11/15/12||4.10%||109,017||141,284||301|
|8||Upside Down (us)||11/8/12||0.40%||11,328||169,384||107|
|9||Jungle Emperor Leo (jp)||11/8/12||0.30%||9,984||38,984||56|
Fighting off some fierce competition, A Werewolf Boy maintained the top spot for its third straight weekend as it accrued another 901,842 tickets sales. The fantasy romance pic is now over the 5 million mark, making it the third most successful local of the year, and will likely cross a few more milestones in the coming weeks.
The final entry in the popular tween Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn Part 2, had a big debut with 880,700 admissions. This represented a 40% increase on its predecessor which bowed around the same time last year. An impressive start, even if it couldn't wrest the top spot from the local champ.
Lotte's high-concept romantic comedy Code Name: Jackal had a disastrous debut with only 109,017 admissions. Safe to say that it is unlikely to remain in the charts for long.
Masquerade continues to hang in there, though it did slid 45% this frame, for another 98,383 and 5th place. The film is quite close to the 12 million mark, which it should cross by the end of next weekend.
A lot of limited Korean releases will be bustling into theaters next weekend but the only one with any real shot at box office glory is Chung Ji-young's National Security which Megabox will roll out on 200 screens. The buzz on the pic is high and the sensitive narrative is timed to coincide with next month's presidential election. If Chung's previous film Unbowed is anything to go by this could be a big hit but given the flic's focus on torture it will likely be a tough sell.
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