The Controversial 26 Years Shoots to the Top
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|2||Rise of the Guardians (us)||11/29/12||15.00%||277,161||361,738||472|
|4||Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (us)||11/15/12||10.70%||220,160||2,390,761||351|
|5||Confession of Murder||11/8/12||9.10%||176,703||2,471,307||315|
|6||Don't Cry Mommy||11/22/12||6.60%||136,890||883,290||339|
|7||Tone Deaf Clinic||11/29/12||5.90%||127,304||206,344||361|
|10||Trouble With the Curve (us)||11/29/12||0.50%||11,261||17,225||129|
Leading the frame was the highly-controversial 26 Years based on the Kang Pool comic. The film, which depicts a fictional assassination attempt on Chun Doo-hwan 26 after the infamous Gwangju massacre scored a very healthy 663,704 admissions, no doubt spurred by its sensitive subject matter. However, its performance did aversely affect other controversial films in the chart (there have been a few lately) and it remains to be seen how it can perform from her on out.
Meanwhile Werewolf Boy finally slipped as it eased 50% for 265,304. With 6.5 million admissions and counting (likely to hit 7 soon), this is hardly cause for concern.
Twilight had another better than expected hold as it amassed another 220,160 admissions in its third frame. The final installment in the global hit franchise should cross 2.5 million any day now.
Don't Cry Mommy lost two thirds of its steam in its sophomore stint as it accrued another 136,890. It should cross the one million mark but will go no further. Either poor word of mouth or the entry of a more high profile controversial film in the marketplace is to blame for the fall.
Romcom Tone Deaf Clinic opened with a weak 127,304 while Masquerade slid a tiny 15% for 54,186 and National Security tanked almost 80% for 31,110.
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