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Korea Box Office: Runaway ‘Train to Busan’ Smashes Records

Train to Busan Cannes Film Festival
Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

Zombie thriller, “Train to Busan” set multiple box office records in South Korea and seems an unstoppable force.

Officially opening on 1,785 screens on Wednesday, “Train” earned $34.3 million from 4.75 million admissions over its opening five day run. That represented 75% of the total weekend box office.

Including $4.29 million from the previous week’s preview screenings, the NEW release has accumulated $38.6 million from 5.31 million admissions. Among its records are one for the highest single day gross $9.90 million from 1.28 million admissions — in Korean history

The previous week’s winner “Now You See Me 2” earned $3.38 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $19.5 million after two weekends on release.

Animated titles, “Ice Age: Collision Course,” “Finding Dory,” and “Yokai Watch: Enma Daio to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!” took places three to five

“Collision” earned $1.66 million between Wednesday and Sunday. Its opening score is lower than that of the franchise’s third and fourth instalments. Disney’s “Dory” earned $1.14 million for a cumulative of $14.5 million after three weekends. Locally released by CJ Entertainment, Toho’s “Yokai Watch” debuted with a five-day score of $937,000.

CJ’s “Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River” dropped to sixth. The period drama now has $14 million after three weekends.