August continued to be redhot at the Korean box office as no less than four Korean thrillers duked it out for the top spot. In the end it wasn't as close a race as it seemed it was going to be but, nevertheless, a stunning 3.96 million tickets were sold over the frame, light years ahead of last year's 3.12 million. The story was even more impressive for local films as the four local thrillers that held court at the top of the chart combined for a commanding 89%, compared with 68% last year.
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|1||Hide and Seek||13/08/14||34.20%||1,353,185||2,126,186||779|
|4||The Terror Live||13/07/31||12.40%||479,755||5,028,928||495|
|7||The Smurfs 2 (us)||13/08/01||1.40%||62,699||870,726||202|
|8||Detective Conan: Strategy Above the Depth (jp)||13/08/07||1.40%||60,658||359,695||207|
|10||The Garden of Words (jp)||13/08/14||0.40%||13,834||26,559||61|
Coming it at number two was CJ's epidemic thriller The Flu, with 970,229 viewers. While a strong figure in a busy marketplace, its daily breakdown was less impressive. It was ahead of Hide and Seek on opening day and now trails far behind it. Reactions haven't been ecstatic and the film may suffer a steep drop next weekend.
Snowpiercer was finally removed from the top of the chart as it fell a hefty 57% in the face of two significant new competitors. Nevertheless, it recorded another 695,985 admissions as it crossed the eight million admissions mark. Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi blockbuster is sure to cross nine million but the vaunted ten million looks far less certain now.
The Terror Live suffered a similar fate as it tumbled 56% for 479,755. It crossed five million on Sunday and still has a good chance of finding its way to a total over six million.
Rounding out the top five was the US animation Epic which had a larger than usual 40% slide for children's fare as it added 175,514 tickets to its haul, which is quietly approaching the one million mark.
A number of films are opening next weekend but the only ones that may make any sort of impression seem to be Hollywood's Now You See Me and Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster. With no strong competition, Hide and Seek looks set to repeat up top while the three other local thrillers that trail it should still post big numbers in the last full weekend of August.
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