Korea Box Office: Local Thrillers Beat Hollywood Releases

Homegrown thrillers topped the Korean box office as indie mystery thriller “Fatal Intuition” (aka “Geu-nom-i-da”) opened in top spot with $4.26 million from 624,000 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday.

The CGV Arthouse release is about a man chasing the murderer of his sister. Finecut launched the film’s sales at last month’s Asian Film Market in Busan.

“The Phone” slipped to second place with $2.47 million between Friday and Sunday, representing a decline of 42%. The NEW release has made $9.4 million since its Oct. 22 release.

Fox’s “The Martian” dropped to third, making $2.35 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $32.2 million after four weeks. Warner Bros.’ office comedy “The Intern” remained in fourth. It has made $23.7 million after six weeks on release.

UPI’s “The Walk” debuted in fifth place, earning $1.3 million from 156,000 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday. “Beowulf” remains director Robert Zemeckis’ biggest film in Korea, with $5.96 million in 2007.

“The Exclusive: Beat the Devil’s Tattoo” dropped to sixth, earning $52,100 between Friday and Sunday. It has made $3.96 million after second weekends on release.

Warner Bros.’ “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” took seventh, grossing $541,000 between Wednesday and Sunday.

Two other newcomers, local omnibus drama “Summer Snow” and Cannes Jury Prize winner “The Lobster,” took eighth and ninth place with $226,530 and $110,780 respectively.

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