SEOUL – DreamWorks thriller “Eagle Eye” held up well in its second frame at the Korean box office. It dropped only 35% in its second weekend atop the charts, grossing $2.1 million and taking its cume to $6.6 million.
“Crush and Blush,” the acclaimed new Park Chan-wook- produced film, failed to meet expectations, earning a bare $1.2 million from 253,000 admissions during its four day run.
Bucking the trend, however, was global phenomenon “Mamma Mia!”, which maintained its place at No.3 and added $585,000 from 117,000 admissions in its 7th weekend. Pic has grossed $20.2 million from 4.04 million admissions to date.
Three new foreign releases took their places in the charts. The Keira Knightley-starrer “The Duchess” ranked at No.4, with $590,000, while the Paul W.S. Anderson-helmed actioner “Death Race” followed at No.5, grossing $370,000. British comedy “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People” followed at No.6, with takings of $320,000.
This month’s two biggest Korean film releases, “Modern Boy” and “GoGo 70s” slipped to No.7 and No.8 respectively.
“Modern Boy” still played on 306 screens, only to add $185,000 or 37,000 admissions. “GoGo 70s” added $170,000 this week, bringing its cume to $2.8 million.
According to sources, Korean theaters are reporting occupancy rates of less than 30% per screen, even lower than rates experienced during the 1997 Asian financial crisis.
Industry observers expect the current situation will be turned around with the upcoming releases of expected local blockbusters “My Wife Got Married,” “Antique” and “Portrait of a Beauty.”