Business Triples as COVID-19 Rages On
Despite a new daily high of COVID-19 infections reached over the weekend, the local box office saw admissions increase almost 200% as the first Hollywood blockbuster since Tenet hit arrived in time for Christmas. After approaching rock bottom in recent weeks, total sales were still far below pre-COVID levels, with 308,000 seats filled over the weekend. Local fare finally took a back seat with no major new releases the past few weeks, clinching just 15% of sales.
For the second time this year after Tenet, Warner Bros proved to be one of the only Hollywood studios brave enough to launch a major tentpole during the global epidemic. DC Comics title Wonder Woman 1984 launched its run with 211,000 entries (USD 1.78 million), which accounted for over 70% of all sales over the weekend. Over five days, the tentpole has reached 304,000 viewers (USD 2.51 million).
Steady in second place after an almost 10% week-on-week rise was the local caper film Collectors. The CJ Entertainment film filled 18,000 seats (USD 120,000), lifting its total to 1.51 million admissions (USD 12.44 million).
Down two spots and 45% in its second week was KIM Jong-kwan’s romantic drama Josée which added another 17,000 spectators (USD 142,000), giving the film 173,000 entries (USD 14.2 million) to date.
WONG Kar-wai’s classic period melodrama In the Mood for Love went on re-release, selling 14,500 tickets (USD 124,000) over the weekend, for a total of 32,000 sales (USD 246,000).
The Australian animation 100% Wolf claimed fifth place by filling 7,000 seats (USD 54,000), with 8,500 filmgoers (USD 63,000) counted since Thursday.
Wonder Woman 1984 will have no trouble topping the charts again over the New Year weekend while the highest ranked ‘new’ release on the charts is yet another re-release of La La Land, which last went on re-release in the spring.