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THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND Drowns Out the Competition

Aug 01, 2017
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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WWII Escape Opens Big Despite Controversies

The high summer season truly kicked off this past weekend with the release of the year’s biggest Korean film. Admissions rose 60% over last week to crack 4 million but remained behind last year’s comparable figure by about 20%. Local films took back the market edge by clinching 75% of sales.

RYOO Seung-wan’s WWII escape drama The Battleship Island, a CJ Entertainment production with a reported price tag of around USD 22.5 million, scored the biggest opening of all time, with 970,000 viewers (USD 5.43 million) on Wednesday but couldn’t keep up its momentum, falling short of any records over the weekend. With 2.51 million spectators (USD 18.52 million), the film pulled the second best opening of the year behind Spider-Man: Homecoming. Over five days it has brought in 4.06 million admissions (USD 27.77 million).

Opening strongly in second place was Despicable Me 3 with 852,000 entries (USD 5.89 million) and 1.23 million ticket sales (USD 8.06 million) since Wednesday. That was almost as much as the entire run of Despicable Me 2 and about 30% stronger than series spinoff Minions two years ago.

Regardless of Nolan’s name value in Korea, Dunkirk didn’t click with local audiences as it plunged by two thirds. The war film brought in 366,000 viewers (USD 3.03 million) in its second frame and has amassed 2.18 million spectators (USD 16.64 million) in total.

Spider-Man: Homecoming shed most of its theaters and slid 81% as it prepares to end its run. It added 100,000 entries (USD 730,000), lifting its total to 7.13 million admissions (USD 51.72 million), the best foreign score of the year by a healthy margin and second only to Confidential Assignment overall.

Closing out the top five was anime Crayon Shinchan: Invasion!! Alien Shiriri, which added 48,000 sales (USD 52,000) for a new 237,000 viewer (USD 1.55 million) total.
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