Korea Box Office: ‘Inside Men’ on Top, ‘Hunger Games’ Debuts in Third

Korean crime film "Inside Men"
Courtesy of Showbox

Opening on Nov. 19, local crime drama “Inside Men” topped the Korean box office with an opening score of $11.4 million between Thursday and Sunday.

Locally distributed by Showbox, the opening exceeded that of all major R-rated releases of all time, including “Tazza: The High Rollers,” “The Man from Nowhere,” “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time,” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

Top for the past two weeks, “The Priests” dropped to second place with a fall of 56%. The local occult thriller made $3.32 million from 488,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $30.2 million from 4.45 million admissions after three weekends on release.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” debuted in third. The Noori Pictures release made $2.91 million from 439,000 admissions over opening five days. In spite of its Wednesday opening, its opening score is slightly lower than the franchise’s two previous instalments, “Catching Fire” ($3.45 million) and “Mockingjay – Part 1” ($3.2 million). The series’ highest grossing instalment “Catching Fire” earned $6.77 million during its theatrical run in Korea in 2013.

“Spectre” slipped to fourth place, taking $1.49 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $11.33 million after two weekends on release.

Michel Gondry’s re-released “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” took fifth. It has earned a total of $1.46 million from 201,000 admissions since its outing on Nov. 5 and exceeded the score of its initial release in 2005, where it earned a total of $952,000 from 168,700 admissions.


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