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PRINCESS Escapes LITTLE FOREST to Take 1st Place
Mar 06, 2018
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Local Films Reclaim Market Advantage
While two new local entries rearranged the charts and gave domestic films the market edge once more at 55%, admissions remained flat at the Korean box office, as 1.66 million tickets were sold over the past weekend.
Entering the charts at number one was CJ Entertainment’s period romantic comedy The Princess and the Matchmaker. Featuring SHIM Eun-kyoung and LEE Seung-gi, the film debuted with 490,000 in sales (USD 3.77 million) over the three-day weekend and 924,000 entries (USD 6.72 million) over its first five days.
Meanwhile, YIM Soon-rye’s youth drama Little Forest with KIM Tae-ri and RYU Jun-yeol opened with 372,000 viewers (USD 2.88 million) over the frame and 686,000 spectators (USD 4.98 million) since Wednesday. Though it opened in second place, the Megabox distributed drama has been getting the stronger user scores out of the two new local titles, which may help it going forward.
Dropping two spots and 64% was Marvel hit Black Panther, as it added 256,000 admissions (USD 2.04 million) in its third week to bring its haul to an impressive 5.2 million entries (USD 40.9 million).
Slowing just 20% in its second week was the European mystery film What Happened to Monday?, which pulled in another 188,000 viewers (USD 1.53 million) for a respectable 763,000 spectators (USD 5.85 million) after 11 days in theaters.
Steady in fifth place was this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, the gothic fantasy romance The Shape of Water, which was down just over 50% as it sold an additional 62,000 tickets (USD 502,000), giving it 328,000 in sales (USD 2.53 million) to date.
Hoping to claim the top spot this week will be a pair of new entries; the local mystery-thriller The Vanished and the Hollywood video game reboot Tomb Raider.