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Liam Neeson’s ‘Operation Chromite’ Tops Korean Box Office

Liam Neeson’s Korean War drama “Operation Chromite” debuted on top of the box office in Korea, earning $18.47 million Wednesday and Sunday.

The CJ Entertainment release stars Neeson and Korea’s Lee Jung-jae and focuses on a 24-hour, life-and-death mission ‘X-Ray’ led by MacArthur and eight Korean operatives.

Previous week’s winner, Yeon Sang-ho’s “Train to Busan,” slipped to second. Representing a weekly drop of 54.7%, the zombie thriller earned $11.09 million from 1.45 million admissions between Friday and Sunday and extended its total to $61.05 million from 8.4 million admissions.

Opening on the same day with “Chromite,” UPI’s “Jason Bourne” landed in third, earning $11.37 million from 1.54 million admissions over opening five days. The picture scored 308,400 admissions on the opening day alone, making it the largest opening of all “Bourne” series in Korea, as well as actor Matt Damon’s best opening in Korea. The top three rankers together accounted for 88% of the total weekend box office revenue.

“Now You See Me 2” dropped to fifth, with a week-on-week drop of 77.1%. The crime action flick earned $787,000 between Friday and Sunday for a total of $22.04 million after three weekends.

Animated features, “Finding Dory,” “Ice Age: Collision Course,” “Norm of the North,” and “Yokai Watch the Movie 2” took fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Disney’s “Dory” earned $1.25 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $17 million after four weekends. “Collision” earned $679,000 over the weekend for a total of $3.12 million after two weekends. India-U.S. co-produced “Norm” debuted with a five-day score of $769,400. Japan’s “Yokai Watch” earned $428,300 to extend its total to $1.79 million after two weekends.

Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Cannes entry, “After the Storm” debuted in ninth. Opening on Wednesday, the family drama earned $171,600 over first five days.

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