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THE MAN STANDING NEXT Repeats During Slow Weekend
Feb 03, 2020
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Coronavirus Fears Dampen Korean Box Office
The post-Lunar New Year weekend suffered a far steeper crash than usual this year due to fears over the spread of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, which has so far infected 15 people in South Korea. Admission were down 70% to 1.11 million and local holdovers largely dominated the charts, accounting for 84% of all sales.
Claiming its second weekend win was WOO Min-ho’s Lunar New Year champ The Man Standing Next, even after crashing a hefty 75%. The political drama with LEE Byung-hun secured another 508,000 viewers (USD 3.72 million), bolstering its total to a significant 4.25 million admissions (USD 30.94 million).
Easing the least among wide releases was the local action-comedy HITMAN: AGENT JUN with KWON Sang-woo, which was down 64% with 338,000 entries (USD 2.47 million) recorded. The hit has now accrued 2.13 million sales. (USD 15.34 million)
Down 70% was the Hollywood animation Spies in Disguise which filled another 53,000 seats (USD 364,000) and has now reached 427,000 admissions (USD 2.93 million).
High concept comedy MR. ZOO: THE MISSING VIP with LEE Sung-min was down a sharp 85% in its second weekend. It added 44,000 sales (USD 307,000) and has to date reached a middling 588,000 spectators (USD 4.14 million).
In fifth place was a ten-year anniversary rerelease of Christopher NOLAN’s Inception (2010). The sci-fi action hit added 39,000 viewers (USD 300,000), bolstering its lifetime total to 5.9 million admissions.
The brightest spot on the charts was surely the French indie hit Portrait of a Lady on Fire in limited release, which eased just 9% in its third weekend, during which it sold another 16,000 tickets (USD 113,000) in seventh place, pushing its total to 111,000 viewers (USD 775,000).