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Korea Box Office: ‘Gone Girl’ Heads Quiet Weekend

SEOUL – “Gone Girl” kept going at the top of the Korean box office, for the second weekend. But it was another low key week with numbers down and the top two places were unchanged.

The Fox Korea-released “Gone Girl” managed $3.51 million (KRW 3.77 billion) and a market share of 34% over the strictly defined weekend from Friday to Sunday, giving it a cumulative score of $9.09 million.

Korean family comedy, “We Are Brothers” kept its second place and saw takings slip 30% for a weekend score of $1.75 million (KRW 1.89 billion and a cumulative total of $5.66 million (KRW 6.08 billion).

Despite the market weakness, new Korean title, “My Dictator,” a drama about an aging actor who becomes deluded that he is the ex-North Korean leader, Kim Il-sung, could only manage third spot, with $1.51 million (KRW 1.62 billion) But online reviews and word of mouth suggest that it may have some legs.

“My Love, My Bride” as well as sexy comedy, “Red Carpet” both saw decreased box office scores compared to last weekend, taking 9.7% and 4.8% of the market share respectively.

“Dracula Untold” in sixth spot managed $422,000 (KRW452 million) and a cume of $9.76 million. “Boyhood” earned $324,000 for a cume of USD904,000.

The Korean documentary “The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol” (aka “Diving Bell”) which opened ten days ago on just 19 screens and without multiplex support, has now sold 20,000 tickets. Its release has expanded to 28 screens, some of which are “community screenings” requested by citizen groups.

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