Korea Box Office: ‘Assassination’ Shoots Top Spot

Star-studded period action drama “Assassination” hit its target and achieved the highest scoring opening this year by a Korean film.

Over the Friday-Sunday weekend it added a further $16.8 million from 2.44 million admissions and enjoyed a 68% market share, having earned $3.07 million on its Wednesday opening. After five days it stands on a cumulative total of $22.83 million. Strong advance ticket sales put it on course for a big second week.

Pixar’s “Inside Out” slipped to second place with a week-on-week drop of 28%. It earned $4.68 million between Friday and Sunday, extending its total to $21.4 million after three weekends.

Targeted at children and the school holidays, Japanese animated features “Yokai Watch: Tanjo No Himitsuda Nyan” and “Pokemon Ranger To Umi No Ouji Manaphy” debuted in third and eighth earning $1.69 million and $154,000 respectively.

NEW’s previous chart topper, “Northern Limit Line” dropped by 72% and into fourth place. The naval battle drama has amassed $38.3 million from 5.93 million admissions since June 24.

UPI’s “Pixels” in fifth earned $431,700 between Friday and Sunday for a cumulative haul of $4.39 million after two weekends on release. “Insidious: Chapter 3” in sixth spot has made $5.29 million since its July 9 opening.

“Terminator: Genisys,” handled by Lotte, earned $301,000. After four weekends it now stands at $22.5 million. “Jurassic World” added $130,000 for a $40.8 million total after seven weekends.

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