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PSYCHOKINESIS Falls to Earth in Rocky Launch

Feb 06, 2018
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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INSIDIOUS Unlocks 4th Place Debut

Weekend sales took a 15% dip as a major new release fell short of expectations, bringing admissions down to 1.96 million admissions. Despite a slow start for a local tentpole, the Korean market share remained healthy at 57%, though there was little in the way of foreign competition.

Local superhero film Psychokinesis, YEON Sang-ho’s follow-up to his global smash TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016), faded quickly after a solid opening day and though it topped the chart, it did so with just 472,000 viewers (USD 3.63 million), giving it 847,000 entries (USD 5.87 million) after five days. By Sunday, the film had slipped to second in the daily rankings and with poor word of mouth settling in, the pricey title is unlikely to add significantly to its total.

Close behind in second after a 34% slide was the local heart warmer Keys to the Heart, which sold another 441,000 tickets (USD 3.39 million) to bring its total to an impressive 2.79 million admissions (USD 20.67 million). The family drama reclaimed the top spot on Sunday but will soon make way for new competition.

Coco was down 44% in its fourth weekend as it added 277,000 admissions (USD 2.08 million) to its sturdy 3.05 million spectators (USD 22.06 million) in total. 

Not far behind was Hollywood horror Insidious: The Last Key, which bowed with 212,000 entries (USD 1.64 million) over the weekend and 363,000 sales (USD 2.56 million) since Wednesday.

Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds was in fifth place during its seventh weekend as it brought in another 125,000 viewers (USD 969,000), raising its total to a staggering 14.2 million admissions (USD 104.58 million), which puts it at just over 65,000 entries away from the number two spot of all time at the local box office.

Holding a commanding lead on the reservations chart is the new Marvel title Black Panther, even though it doesn’t open until February 14. Among this week’s upcoming releases, the leader is Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead, the third installment in the popular period investigative action-comedy series.
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