Korea Box Office: Local Titles Take Back the Weekend

BUSAN — Local films took back the initiative at the Korean box office this weekend, after two weeks in which smaller Hollywood titles had reigned.

Landing on top was the new release of drama “The Whistle Blower” with a score of $4.27 million for a cumulative including reviews of $5.16 million. The Megabox Plus M-distributed film depicts the uncovering of a famous Korean scientist who falsely claimed to have developed stem cell techniques.

Second was comedy “Slow Movie,” which is the second title to be developed and produced by Fox International Productions and Fox Korea. The picture recorded $4.08 million for the weekend, and a cumulative score of $4.84 million.

In third place was previous number one “The Maze Runner” with $2.47 million for a cumulative score of $16.1 million.

John Leonetti’s supernatural “Annabelle” handled by Warner Brothers (Korea) was a new release that scared up $2.44 million for fourth place (with a cume, including previews, of $3.04 million).

Dark melodrama, “Scarlet Innocence” also a newcomer for CJ Entertainment, ranked fifth with $1.62 million (and $2.16 million in total).

“Begin Again” tumbled from second spot to sixth and now stands on a cume of $24.0 million.

Korean-Mexican co-produced cartoon “Jungle Shuffle” opened in eighth with a disappointing $335,000 for CJ.

Minor places went to gangster comedy actioner “Tazza 2” and the latest instalment in the local animation franchise “Yugo And Lala.”

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