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Ghost in the Shell failed to end Beauty and the Beast’s reign on the top of the South Korea box office this weekend.
Opening in third place, the sci-fi thriller earned ₩4.71 billion (US$4.22 million) from 569,000 admissions on its first five days on release – including ₩3.45 billion (US$3.09 million) from 392,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday.
In 2014, Lucy earned ₩7.44 billion (US$6.66 million) from 896,000 admissions on its first five days on release for a total of ₩16.5 billion (US$14.7 million) from 1.97 million admissions. However, the Luc Besson film also featured Choi Min-sik in a substantial supporting role.
With a week-on-week drop of 37.7%, Beauty and the Beast earned an additional ₩5.42 billion (US$4.86 million) from 652,000 admissions on 1,123 screens between Friday and Sunday. The fantasy romance has now earned ₩33.7 billion (US$30.2 million) from 4.1 million admissions, becoming the highest grossing foreign film of 2017 in South Korea.
Despite a week-on-week drop of 46.6%, local actioner The Prison (프리즌) remained in second place with ₩4.41 billion (US$3.95 million) from 513,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. The Showbox release has earned ₩18 billion (US$16.1 million) from 2.21 million admissions.
Local heist film One-Line (원라인) opened in fourth place, earning ₩2.22 billion (US$1.99 million) from 290,000 admissions from 588 screens on its first five days on release. The Next Entertainment World (NEW) release stars Im Si-wan (of local boy band ZE:A) as a college student who teams up with a bank thief (played by Jin Goo) and his team.
Opening on 290 screens, Death Note: Light Up the NEW World opened in seventh place, earning ₩175 million (US$157,000) from 22,900 admissions on its first five days on release.
In 2008, L: Change the World earned ₩2.17 billion (US$1.95 million) from 358,000 admissions. The original Death Note films also attracted a total of 1.21 million admissions back in 2007. NK Contents (엔케이컨텐츠) released all four Death Note films in South Korea.
Hidden Figures registered the strongest hold in the top ten. With a week-on-week drop of only 27.4%, the 20th Century Fox Korea release earned an additional ₩657 million (US$589,000) from 78,600 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of ₩2.29 billion (US$2.05 million) from 287,000 admissions.
Local thriller Ordinary Person (보통사람) had the largest week-on-week drop, losing 83.2% with only ₩290 million (US$260,000) from 36,500 admission between Friday and Sunday. The film has made ₩2.83 billion (US$2.54 million) from 366,000 admissions.
Life and Lee Yoon-ki’s Oneday (어느날) open this weekend.