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Korea Box Office: ‘Maze Runner’ Trots to Top Spot

SEOUL — After several weeks when local films ruled, two Hollywood titles topped the South Korean weekend box office.

The Maze Runner,” which opened on Sept. 18, was the winner, taking a 37% market share, and scoring US$5.43 million (KRW 5.65 billion).

Distributed by 20th Century Fox Korea, its box office popularity appears to have been helped by local media attention to the casting of Korean-born actor, Lee Ki-hong.

Begin Again” continued to show staying power, holding on to second place in its sixth week. It added 361,000 admissions for a ticket sales cumulative of 2.44 million, worth $18.7 million (KRW 19.4 billion.)

“Tazza 2,” a locally-produced gambling actioner handled by Lotte, slid 59% and dropped two places to third spot, only adding US$1.77 million (KRW 1,85 billion) for a cumulative total of US$28.1 million (KRW 29.3 billion) after three weeks of release.

Another Hollywood title entering the charts was Universal’s “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” Released on Sept. 18, it took US$784,000 (KRW 816, million) on its first weekend.
Lotte’s summer hit “The Pirates,” added US$592,000 (KRW 617 million) in a weak fifth place and was being taken off many screens as of Monday morning, having accumulated US$63.8 million.

Similarly, all-time record breaker “Roaring Currents” was still a presence on the chart at tenth place, adding US$174,000 (KRW 181 million) to bring its cumulative score to US$132 million (KRW 135 trillion.)

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