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Korea Box Office: ‘Princess’ Reigns Over Weekend, ‘Squad’ Opens Third

Historical melodrama “The Last Princess” debuted on top of the Korean box office. Opening on Wednesday, the Hur Jin-ho movie earned $12.4 million from 1.7 million admissions over its opening five days. Distributed by Lotte Entertainment, “Princess” is a fictional dramatization of real events in the life of the last princess of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty.

Previous winner, “Operation Chromite” dropped to second, earning $8.09 million between Friday and Sunday. The Patriotic war drama has made $36.9 million from 5.24 million admissions after two weekends on release.

Both opening on Wednesday, Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad” and UPI’s “The Secret Life of Pets” landed in third and fourth, respectively. “Squad” scored $10.8 million between Wednesday and Sunday, while “Pets” made $6.86 million over five days.

Zombie thriller “Train to Busan” took fifth. The NEW release earned $4.71 million between Friday and Sunday to extend its total to $72.8 million after three weekends. “Train” became the first movie this year to cross the 10 million admissions mark.

The week’s biggest faller was “Jason Bourne” with a 74% tumble to sixth. It earned $2.06 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $17.3 million after two weekends — by far the highest-grossing Bourne movie in Korea.

Locally distributed by CJ E&M, Japanese animation “Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare” debuted in seventh. The picture earned $2.24 million between Wednesday and Sunday.

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