After two weeks, zombie thriller still tops in Korea
Published on: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
By: Patrick Frater
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ZOMBIE action thriller, “Peninsula” (pic) dominated the South Korean box office for the second weekend. I beat competition that comprised a mix of reruns and smaller local titles.

“Peninsula,” a sequel to the 2016 hit “Train to Busan,” earned $4.49 million between Friday and Sunday. Earned from 2,100 screens, that was a respectable drop of 52 per cent compared with its opening weekend score of $9.92 million. It propels the film’s cumulative score in its home market to $21.0 million since its July 15 release through distributor Next Entertainment World.

“Peninsula” alone accounted for 81 per cent of the nationwide box office in Korea, down from 93 per cent the previous weekend. But with no other strong new release title in the market, the overall weekend total dropped.

Aggregate box office for the top 10 films was $5.32 million, compared with $9.77 million in the previous weekend. That down trend could be reversed next weekend with the release of political-military thriller “Steel Rain 2: Summit,” which arrives in Korean theatres on Wednesday.

In second place was newly re-released animation “Aladdin,” which earned $244,000, or 4.4 per cent of the total market, earned from 549 screens. Third place belonged to “#Alive,” a Korean film released a month ago. It earned $110,000, a 27 per cent week-on-week decline, for a five-weekend cumulative of $13.3 million.

“Bombshell,” which had placed second the previous weekend, slipped to fourth place. Its weekend score Of $90,000, lifted its three weekend cumulative to $1.17 million.

Other titles in the top 10 included “Une Sirene A Paris,” “Only,” and Japan’s “Blue Hour,” each with a fraction over 1 per cent market share. Chinese youth drama “Better Days” increased its week-on-week take by a third to notch $62,000 over the weekend and a cumulative in Korea of $338,000. (Released last year in China, it earned RMB1.56 billion of $222 million).

 “Peninsula” grossed $265,000 on 51 Imax screens in six territories over the weekend, to lift its Imax cumulative to $1.06 million. It is now the highest grossing local language title ever to play on Imax screens in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. The film’s Imax cumulative in Korea is $481,000.


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