Miracle in Cell No.7 Dominates the Chart
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|1||Miracle in Cell No.7||13/01/23||42.00%||1,238,809||1,628,475||769|
|2||Man on the Edge||13/01/09||16.50%||482,961||3,469,054||542|
|3||Pororo: The Racing Adventure||13/01/23||10.30%||296,695||342,773||451|
|4||Hotel Transylvania (us)||13/01/17||5.70%||179,874||707,925||357|
|5||Les Miserables (uk/us)||12/19/12||5.40%||156,426||5,629,952||344|
|6||Jack Reacher (us)||13/01/17||4.00%||116,100||727,261||320|
|7||The Impossible (sp/us)||13/01/17||3.20%||97,402||559,576||242|
|8||Life of Pie (us)||13/01/09||4.60%||86,099||1,480,176||155|
|10||Conan: the Movie (jp)||13/01/24||2.50%||82,108||102,059||139|
Dominant in its debut was the prison-set comedy melodrama Miracle in Cell No.7 which brought in a very impressiv 1,238,809 spectators. The film's success is proof that popular co-star Ryoo Seung-ryong (All About My Wife, Masquerade) is now a massive box office draw in his own right. Rather than an assist, this time he can take full credit for opening a film on a such a wide scale. While big local competition is on the way next week this film should continue to put up some strong numbers going forward.
Hotel Transylvania saw its take almost halved, unsurprising given the debut of Pororo, as it staked another 179,874. 1 million admissions is within reach at this point but is not a guarantee.
Rounding out the top 5 was Les Miserables as it receded 40% for 156,426. Though it is nearing the very end of its run, it may yet cross the 6 million mark.
We've already had two big local hits in 2013, not to mention the bulk of another's performance, but now comes the time for the first truly big film of the year in the form of the $10 million blockbuster spy thriller The Berlin File from action guru Ryoo Seung-wan. With strong reviews, spectacular set pieces and an A-list cast in the form of Ha Jung-woo, Jeon Ji-hyeon, Han Suk-kyoo and Ryoo Seung-beom, it has all the elements for success. However, they probably were not anticipating the enormous success of Miracle in Cell No. 7. While the films do target very different demographics, the sheer size of Miracle's popularity may well affect The Berlin File's opening bow. It should still steal the top spot but it might be closer than expected.
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