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Cannes’ ‘Housemaid’ cleans up in Korea

Im's competition player comes in at No.1

Im Sang-soo’s Cannes competition player “The Housemaid,” starring Jeon Do-yeon, topped the Korean box office last weekend, grossing $5.7 million from 679 screens for SidusFNH.

Released on the same date, Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” took second with $3.8 million.

“Iron Man 2,” which dominated the B.O. for two weeks, came in third grossing $27.4 million to date.

Local films showed strong presence in the chart.

Helmer Lee Joon-ik’s “Blades of Blood” came in at No.4, cuming $8.9 million for Showbox; military actioner “Korea 1%” came in fifth, cuming $2 million for two weeks for Lotte Entertainment; and Um Jung-hwa starrer “Best Seller” is at No.6 in its fourth weekend, grossing $7.3 million to date for distributor Cinergy.

Another Cannes competition player, helmer Lee Chang-dong’s “Poetry,” debuted at No. 7, earning $258,000 for distributor N.E.W. from 194 screens.

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