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Despite competition from the latest film from 20th Century Fox Korea, Wonder Woman reigned supreme at the South Korea box office.
Taking 36.5% of total box office revenue this weekend, Wonder Woman earned ₩9.46 billion (US$8.46 million) from 1.16 million admissions over its first five days on release.
The opening marks the best opening for Warner Brothers Korea in 2017, but it is the lowest opening weekend for a DC Extended Universe film. However, it is one of the highest ever opening weekends for a film by a solo female filmmaker in South Korea, though Jennifer Yuh Nelson still has a solid hold on the record with Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda 2.
Last August, Suicide Squad opened with ₩12.0 billion (US$10.7 million) from 1.42 million admissions over its first five days on release. It earned ₩15.9 billion (US$14.2 million) from 1.9 million admissions.
The highest grossing DC Universe film so far is Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which earned only ₩18.9 billion (US$16.9 million) from 2.26 million admissions, far below the average performance of its rival, Marvel Studios.
Warriors of the Dawn (대립군), the latest production by 20th Century Fox Korea, opened in third place, earning ₩4.51 billion (US$4.03 million) from 594,000 admissions over its first five days on release. It’s the third-best debut for Fox Korea, after The Wailing (곡성) and comedy Slow Video (슬로우 비디오).
Directed by Chung Yoon-Chul (The Man Who Was Superman 슈퍼맨이었던 사나이, Marathon 말아톤), Warriors is a period war drama about a band of mercenaries – led by a soldier played by Lee Jung-jae – who defend Korea from Japanese invaders. The film was previously titled The Proxy Soldiers.
Last week’s top film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, dropped to second place, earning ₩4.20 billion (US$3.75 million) from 498,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday, representing a week-on-week drop of 58%. After two weekends, the Walt Disney Korea release has made ₩20.0 billion (US$17.9 million) from 2.43 million admissions.
With a week-on-week drop of 41.2%, local documentary Our President (노무현입니다) dropped to fourth place, earning ₩2.50 billion (US$2.23 million) from 303,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. The CGV Arthouse release has made ₩9.32 billion (US$8.33 million) from 1.18 million admissions, becoming the fastest documentary to break the one million admissions mark at the South Korea box office.
Japanese romance The 100th Love With You (君と100回目の恋) had the lowest drop in the top ten with 33.3%. It earned an additional ₩131 million (US$117,000) from 15,900 admissions on 114 screens between Friday and Sunday. The D Station (디스테이션) release has made ₩468 million (US$418,000) from 59,100 admissions after two weekends.
The Mummy opens on Tuesday in time for the Memorial Day public holiday. The Villainess (악녀) and Midnight Diner 2 (続‧深夜食堂) open on Thursday.