Miracle in Berlin, Record 1-2 Finish at Korean BO
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|1||The Berlin File||13/01/30||43.40%||1,532,210||2,245,404||897|
|2||Miracle in Cell No.7||13/01/29||37.50%||1,360,776||4,191,854||869|
|3||Man on the Edge||13/01/23||6.20%||223,531||659,045||388|
|4||Pororo: the Racing Adventure||13/01/09||3.80%||137,896||3,826,738||367|
|5||Hotel Transylvania (us)||13/01/17||2.40%||93,290||868,382||297|
|6||Les Miserables (uk/us)||12/12/19||1.70%||62,422||5,785,971||208|
|7||Detective Conan (jp)||13/01/24||1.00%||39,576||165,382||127|
|8||Life of Pie (us)||13/01/01||1.40%||34,584||1,550,725||89|
|9||The Impossible (sp/us)||13/01/17||0.70%||25,772||617,916||118|
|10||The Life of Guskou of Budori (jp)||13/01/30||0.30%||12,778||16,251||113|
The Thieves was leading during its second weekend. Needless to say that was a huge jump over last year's 2.36 but that was no slouch either with three big films in the midst of their runs (Nameless Gangster, Unbowed and Dancing Queen).
Last year the Korean market stood at a gargantuan 88% and remarkably this past weekend eclipsed that figure by hitting 91%. It's true that the few months following the Christmas holiday season are traditionally weak for Hollywood fare but this is still a towering achievement for the local industry.This weekend also posted the biggest 1-2 finish on the marquees, with two films soaring well over the one million admissions mark.
Miracle in Cell No. 7, which got off to a huge start last weekend, managed to lose none of its business. The heart-warming pic has been very well received and recorded another 1,360,776 to effectively stay flat for the frame. With over 4 million and counting, this Ryoo Seung-ryong pic has become the first major hit of the year and will likely continue to perform well as we head into the Lunar New Year holiday.
Miracle clobbered it by encompassing its demographic.
Man on the Edge has had a great run until now but with these tow behemoths towering above it it saw its take slashed by 75% for 137,896. The shaman gangster comedy just needs another 176,000 to cross the 4 million mark, but it's hard to say if it will manage that at this point. Losing just over half its business was another animation, Hotel Transylvania, in the fifth spot with 93,290.
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