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DELIVER US FROM EVIL Tops Charts for 3rd Week

Aug 24, 2020
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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Box Office Slows Down owing to New COVID-19 Fears

The Korean box office’s steady march to normality took a hit this past weekend as a sharp rise in new COVID-19 cases led to the government tightening social distancing measures. With viewers worried about a second wave, many avoided theaters. Admissions reached 476,000 over the weekend, which was a 72% decline from the previous week, with two thirds of those sold for local titles. Also contributing to the drop was the sudden delay of the local crime-comedy The Golden Holiday, which was originally scheduled for an August 19 launch.

Coming in at first for the third straight week, though this time with a 79% drop, was the action-thriller hit DELIVER US FROM EVIL. Adding 181,000 viewers (USD 1.4 million), the film has now scored an impressive 4.11 million entries (USD 30.59 million).

Last week’s new entry, the action-comedy OK! MADAM, remained in second place but also experienced a hefty decline. Slowing 81%, the film sold 115,000 tickets (USD 811,000), pushing its total to 1.14 million admissions (USD 8.56 million).

Claiming third place on the charts ahead of its August 26 release was Christopher NOLAN’s Tenet, which staged limited previews on Saturday and Sunday. During this period, the film filled 85,000 seats (USD 714,000).

Debuting in fourth place was the Japanese animation Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hirochi~ with 50,000 sales (USD 347,000) over the weekend and 63,000 tickets (USD 430,000) sold since its Thursday bow.

Closing out the top five was the local action-drama Steel Rain2: Summit. The film welcomed another 11,000 viewers (USD 87,000) as it begins to make its way out of theaters. To date, the film has brought in 1.77 million spectators (USD 12.22 million).

This week’s major release will be Warner Bros’ Tenet, which has been topping the reservations charts for around a week, yet while it will have no trouble topping the charts, it is only expected to bring in a fraction of the business it might have under better circumstances.
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