The light-hearted action film earned $18.7 million from 2.76 million admissions over its first five days. Ryoo’s 2013 espionage drama “The Berlin File” managed $14.2 million in its opening and a total of $44.9 million.
“Assassination” earned $7.41 million between Friday and Sunday, a modest drop of 30% and strong enough to hold second place. The Choi Dong-hoon-directed period caper has become the year’s top local film and is set to reach 10 million admissions by the coming weekend.
“Rogue Nation” slipped to third place, with a second week drop of 52%. It earned $6.62 million between Friday and Sunday, extending its total to $32.2 million after two weekends on release.
In fourth, UPI’s “Minions” earned $2.02 million between Friday and Sunday. It has made $11.3 million since its July 29 release, twice as much as the box office of 2013’s “Despicable Me 2”.
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In sixth was Aug. 5 opener “Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno”, which made $1.58 million in five days.
Nature documentary, “Amazonia” opened on Wednesday and earned $108,000 over five days.
Arthouse drama “Diary of a Chambermaid,” with Lea Seydoux, debuted in ninth spot, making $45,400 between Thursday and Sunday.