Following last weekend's record breaking 4.5 million admissions bonanza, business quelled somewhat over the past frame. However, at 3.6 million, it is still on of the biggest weekends on record and significantly above last year's 3.1 million. The local market share was a mighty 78%, in line with last year. Just like last week, business was bolstered by a pair a giant productions.
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|2||The Terror Live||13/07/31||29.50%||1,071,493||3,831,554||809|
|4||Detective Conan: Strategy Above Depth (jp)||13/08/07||3.50%||145,723||205,118||301|
|7||The Smurfs 2 (us)||13/08/01||3.10%||126,073||724,070||317|
|8||Red 2 (us)||13/07/18||2.30%||84,280||2,938,633||318|
|10||The Wolverine (us)||13/07/25||0.50%||14,567||1,066,194||108|
The big question is whether it will cross the 10 million ticket sales barrier. After such a big weekend and with so much in the tank already, it seems likely that it will cross it but business generally takes a hit in mid-August and a new blockbuster poised to do well is also entering the fray.
Staying at number two and only down 10% was The Terror Live, which added 1,071,493 to its total, which now stands at 3.83 million. Things are looking good for the film to cross at least six million and further milestones are within reach.
Next week's big film will be the epidemic thriller Flu. With 126,281 admissions in previews banked this weekend, it seems the Jang Hyuk/Soo-ae vehicle should have no trouble scoring a big opening. But will it be enough to overcome Snowpiercer? My guess is yes, but only by a nose. Look for the three blockbusters (including The Terror Live) to finish neck and neck with ~1 million tallies.
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