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Korea Box Office: ‘The Deal’ Narrowly Defeats ‘Kingsman’ For Top Spot

SEOUL — Newly-released Korean crime thriller, “The Deal” overtook “Kingsman: The Secret Service” at the head of the Korean box office during its first three days of release. But “Kingsman” showed resilience and returned to the top spot on Sunday.

“The Deal,” which is the directorial debut of Son Yong-ho and was given a 645-screen release by Daou Tech, earned $3.64 million from 497,000 admissions between Thursday and Sunday.

“Kingsman” had a Friday to Sunday total of $2.89 million from 389,000 admissions, extending its cumulative score to $35.1 million from 4.82 million admissions since its release by Fox on Feb. 11.

UPI’s robot action thriller “Chappie” opened in third, earning $2.71 million in four days. But with occupancy rates and advance ticket sales both dropping “Chappie” is not expected to exceed director Neill Blomkamp’s previous “Elysium,” which earned $7.94 million in 2013.

Handled by Showbox/Mediaplex, Oscar-winning music drama “Whiplash” landed in fourth spot, earning $2.09 million between Thursday and Sunday. It had a smaller release than “The Deal,” but showed higher occupancy rates.

Fifth place was taken by local newcomer “Socialphobia,” from the Korean Academy of Film Arts school. It managed $1.08 million in its first four days.

Local comedy, “Granny’s Got Talent” dropped to sixth place, earning $570,000 between Friday and Sunday. Its total is $2.91 million after two weekends on release.

“The Imitation Game” earned $491,000 for seventh place, extending its cumulative score to $11.6 million in a month.
 
Korean period drama “Empire of Lust,” tumbled from second place to eighth and now stands on a cumulative of $3.16 million after two weekends.

Jackie Chan-starring Chinese action adventure “Dragon Blade” landed in ninth spot, earning $266,000 by Sunday.

Best picture Oscar-winner “Birdman” dropped to tenth place, scoring $143,000 and taking its total to a lowly $1.28 million after two weekends.

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