Compared with last year, business has been a little down but Korean films are as strong as ever as they commanded a 70% share over the past weekend with seven of the top ten films. 2.11 million tickets were sold over the frame, down from last year's 2.62 million, when A Werewolf Boy, the last Twilight film and Confession of Murder were vying for the top.
2013 Week 46: November 15-17
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|2||Thor: Dark World (us)||10/30/13||15.80%||346,931||2,607,991||518|
|6||The Counselor (us)||11/14/13||3.00%||63,823||80,824||293|
|9||Snowflake, the White Gorilla (sp)||10/31/13||0.50%||13,028||68,156||102|
Debuting at number three was webcomic revenge thriller The Five with a soft 262k. Reviews and word of mouth are solid for the fun genre pic but with such a low debut it is unlikely to recover a great deal. However it should still find itself in the middle of the chart for a few weeks more.
In its fifth week, Alfonso Cuaron's event picture Gravity slowed just under 50% for 129k and is now just a few days away from the three million admissions mark. High ticket prices from strong IMAX/3D sales have yielded 28.7 billion won ($26.7 million) in revenue to date.
Taking fifth place was the sophomore stint of Showbox's T.O.P.-headlined North Korean spy/high school combo Commitment which followed a lackluster debut with a massive 75% drop for 107k ticket sales. The poorly received pic will cross one million admissions within days but will disappear from theaters shortly thereafter.
Next week will see the release of blockbuster sequel Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The original only wound with 600k in total but early global numbers suggest this will open significantly higher. Also out will be the Korean ensemble romcom Blue Marriage and animated Hollywood sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. In limited release, Yeun Sang-ho's King of Pigs follow-up The Fake will also hit theaters.
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