New World Repeats up Top, Stoker Unconvincing
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|2||Miracle in Cell No.7||13/01/23||25.10%||777,968||11,704,634||577|
|3||Jack the Giant Slayer (us)||13/02/28||19.40%||545,550||659,854||507|
|4||The Berlin File||13/01/30||6.40%||189,296||6,997,749||362|
|6||12 Chinese Zodiac Heads (cn)||13/02/27||5.20%||162,566||217,242||300|
|7||Delhi Safair (In)||13/02/21||2.50%||83,606||280,563||263|
|8||The Giant King (us/th)||13/02/21||1.00%||33,808||149,067||180|
|9||Sky Force 3D (us, hk)||13/02/28||0.90%||30,991||43,496||183|
|10||An Ethics Lesson||13/02/21||0.60%||18,065||215,985||147|
Clinching a second consecutive chart victory was the gangland thriller New World which brought in another 849,376 admissions as it stayed level with its initial outing. 2.5 million spectators, many of whom are raving about it, have seen the film to date.
Refusing to go anywhere was the enormous hit prison comedy drama Miracle in Cell No. 7 with 777,968, off only 9%. With already 11.7 admissions counted, there is a real chance it could unseat Avatar (13.3 million) to become the all-time most successful film in Korea.
The Berlin File was down 37% for 189,296. It likely crossed the 7 million mark in the early hours of this morning. That will be the final major milestone for what has been a very strong run for the action spy thriller.
Park Chan-wook's US debut Stoker fared a lot better than his compatriot Kim Jee-woon's The Last Stand but with only 165,408, it wasn't exactly something to write home about. Granted it is a film with only limited appeal that is currently playing on the arthouse circuit in English-language markets. However, the reviews locally have been strong and it may stick around for a little while.
Next week, CJ's supernatural procedural The Gifted Hands, starring Kim Gang-woo, should drum up a decent amount of business but may find itself in a stiff competition for first place. Hollywood's Return to Oz will also be opening.
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