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IT CHAPTER TWO Scares Off Holdovers

Sep 09, 2019
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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Local Animation HELLO CARBOT a Close Second in Debut

Business ebbed once more in the days leading up to the local Chuseok holiday, as 1.5 million viewers snatched up tickets over the weekend. Despite a Hollywood tentpole sequel scoring the first place rank, local titles combined to a strong 61% market share, a figure that is set to rise significantly this coming week.

Entering the charts at number one was the blockbuster horror sequel It Chapter Two, which scared up 309,000 entries (USD 2.28 million) over the weekend and sold 415,000 tickets (USD 3.02 million) over its first five days. That debut represented a 25% slide from the opening of its predecessor, which was around the same decline that the film experienced in its American debut over the weekend.

Local animation Hello Carbot the Movie: Save the Moon took advantage of a slow marketplace to score a close second place debut with 272,000 seats (USD 1.75 million) filled over the weekend and 319,000 sales (USD 2.05 million) recorded since its Wednesday debut.

Down 44% in its sophomore frame was the local romantic drama Tune in for Love, which took in another 230,000 viewers (USD 1.69 million) as its total rose to 1.12 million admissions (USD 7.68 million).

Still a presence on the charts was the summer disaster action-comedy smash EXIT, down just 35% as it welcomed 192,000 further spectators (USD 1.39 million). This brought its total to a mighty 9.23 million entries to date (USD 65.03 million).

Losing 63% of its audience in week three was the local exorcism horror Metamorphosis as it recorded another 135,000 sales (USD 1 million) in fifth place, which pushed its admissions to a healthy 1.76 million (USD 12.62 million).

KIM Bora’s award-winning local indie House of Hummingbird was off only 8% in its second week, as it brought in 13,000 spectators (USD 96,000) in tenth place, which raised its total to an impressive 45,000 admissions (USD 317,000).

Also cracking the 40,000 viewer mark was the YOON Ga-eun’s sophomore indie feature The House of Us, which was down just 18% in its third week, as it welcomed another 5,500 viewers (USD 36,000) in 17th place, for a cumulative total of 42,500 sales (USD 289,000). The film will have its international premiere at the BFI London Film Festival next month.

With the Chuseok holidays upon us later this week, the charts will see a major change in the coming days as three major local titles are set to go head-to-head. All gearing up for a Wednesday launch are the card shark sequel Tazza: One Eyed Jack, the family comedy CHEER UP, MR. LEE and the crime-action big screen spin-off The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos.
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