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Following the success of documentary Our President, CGV Arthouse has scored another hit with A Day (하루).
The time travel thriller opened in second place this past weekend, earning ₩4.65 billion (US$4.1 million) from 566,000 admissions over its first four days on release.
The directorial debut of Jo Sun-ho stars Kim Myung-min as a surgeon who keeps repeating the same day in hopes of saving his daughter from a deadly accident. Finecut reported considerable interest for overseas sales and remake rights after its market premiere in Cannes.
It’s the second biggest opening for the CJ E&M and CGV Cinemas indie films distribution arm. In February, New Trial (재심) opened with ₩8.39 billion (US$7.4 million) from 1.02 million admissions over its first five days on release for a total of ₩19.3 billion (US$17.0 million) from 2.42 million admissions.
CGV Arthouse’s highest grossing release is documentary My Love, Don’t Cross That River (님아, 그 강을 건너지 마오), which remains the highest grossing South Korean documentary of all time with ₩37.4 billion (US$32.9 million) from 4.8 million admissions.
The Mummy held the top spot for a second consecutive weekend. With a week-on-week drop of 56%, the supernatural thriller earned an additional ₩4.26 billion (US$3.75 million) from 498,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. The Universal Pictures International Korea release has made ₩27.0 billion (US$23.8 million) from 3.24 million admissions after two weekends, surpassing The Fate of the Furious to become the distributor’s highest grossing film of 2017.
Action thriller The Villainess (악녀) has the lowest week-on-week drop in the top ten. Losing only 34.6% in its second weekend, the Next Entertainment World release earned ₩2.10 billion (US$1.85 million) from 247,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. It has made ₩7.54 billion (US$6.65 million) from 927,000 admissions after two weekends.
Opening on 390 screens, Chinese animated film Big Fish and Begonia (大魚海棠) earned ₩310 million (US$274,000) from 39,100 admissions over its first four days on release.
Opening on just 56 screens, Elle earned ₩72.9 million (US$64,319) from 9,065 admissions over its first four days on release.
Wonder Woman has made ₩16.8 billion (US$14.8 million) from 2.08 million admissions after three weekends. CGV Arthouse’s Our President (노무현입니다) has made ₩13.6 billion (US$12.0 million) from 1.72 million admissions after four weekends.