Korea Box Office: ‘Maze Runner’ Heads Slow Weekend

SEOUL — Hollywood titles “The Maze Runner” and “Begin Again” continued to hold the top spots in another low key weekend at the Korean box office.

The Maze Runner,” which opened on Sept. 18, added US$4.32 million (KRW 4.56 billion), taking its cumulative total to US$11.64 million (KRW 12.3 billion).

The box office popularity of the 20th Century Fox Korea title is being helped by the novel on which the film is based, becoming a bestseller in Korea, as well as the casting of Korean-born actor, Lee Ki-hong.  

Begin Again,” still in second place in its seventh week of release, added US$21.13 million for a cumulative US$ 21.9 million (KRW 23.1 billion).
 
Lotte Entertainment’s gambling actioner “Tazza 2,” which opened on Sept. 3, dropped 41% but managed to hold onto third place. It added only US$1.04 million (KRW 1.10 billion) for a cumulative total of US$29.7 million (KRW 31.3 billion).
 
U.S. new release, “Very Good Girls” entered the box office chart at number four, with a lowball US$425,000 (KRW 448 million).  

“The Pirates,” a local maritime action comedy handled by Lotte, showed some sea legs in fifth place despite limited screenings. Those nudged its cumulative score to US$ 62.5 million (KRW 65.9 billion) since opening on Aug. 6.

After only a week of release, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” dropped 59%, putting its two week cumulative score on US$1.68 million (KRW1.72 billion).

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