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THE LAST PRINCESS Beats SUICIDE SQUAD
- Writerby Pierce Conran
It was a busy weekend at the Korean box office with four new releases battling with popular holdovers as the summer box office roars on. Despite the presence of a major new Hollywood title which is breaking records stateside, it was once again a local title that scored the top spot in the traditionally Korean-dominated release window. Overall, domestic films made up 59% of business for the 4.86 million tickets sold.
Scoring their first hit since the late 2014 action-thriller The Con Artists, Lotte Entertainment landed a first place finish with Colonial Era period drama The Last Princess. Featuring SON Ye-jin, who headlined Lotte’s last smash hit blockbuster The Pirates two summers ago, the new film from Christmas in August (1998) director HUR Jin-ho mustered a strong 1.17 million admissions (USD 8.81 million) and has already banked 1.71 million viewers (USD 12.41 million) in five days. With very strong audience scores, the film is poised to continue its run, though major local competition lies in store later this week.
Slipping 40% to second place after its massive bow was the Korean War title Operation Chromite. Audiences have responded much better than critics to the film, which features Liam Neeson and added 1.08 million spectators (USD 8.1 million) in its second frame, bringing its total to a powerful 5.25 million admissions (USD 36.97 million).
Despite opening first on Wednesday, Warner Bros’ DC title Suicide Squad could only muster a third place finish for the weekend with 762,000 tickets sold (USD 6.1 million). In five days the film has garnered 1.42 million viewers (USD 10.8 million) but is unlikely to stay long in the charts.
Also opening was the new Illumination Entertainment animated film The Secret Life of Pets, which debuted with 639,662 spectators (USD 4.64 million), and just under a million admission (USD 6.88 million) since Wednesday.
Slipping 57% to fifth was zombie blockbuster TRAIN TO BUSAN with 622,498 tickets (USD 4.72 million) added, which made it the first title of 2016 to cross the ten million admissions (USD 72.92 million) milestone.
Also opening was Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare, which pulled in 190,373 young spectators (USD 1.33 million) and 336,469 viewers (USD 2.25 million) overall.