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.