While It scored box office victories elsewhere in the world, it was overshadowed by a new local film at the South Korea box office.
Distributed by Showbox, Memoir of a Murderer (살인자의 기억법) – not to be confused with Japanese thriller Memoirs of a Murderer (22年目の告白―私が殺人犯です―) – earned ₩9.74 billion (US$8.6 million) from 1.19 million admissions over its first five days on release. The film accounted for 43.1% of total box office revenue for the weekend.
Directed by Won Shin-yeon (The Suspect 용의자, Seven Days 세븐데이즈) – and based on the novel by Kim Young-ha – the thriller stars Sol as a former serial killer with Alzheimer’s who suspects that the man courting his daughter may also be a murderer. The film co-stars Kim Nam-gil (who had a small supporting role opposite Sol in Public Enemy Returns 강철중: 공공의 적 1-1) and Seol Hyun, a member of popular girl pop group AOA.
It opened in second place, earning ₩4.78 billion (US$4.22 million) from 572,000 admissions over its first five days on release. The Hollywood horror film accounted for 20.3% of total box office revenue for the weekend.
With a week-on-week drop of 50.3%, The Hitman’s Bodyguard dropped from first to third place in its second weekend, earning ₩2.41 billion (US$2.12 million) from 275,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. With ₩10.5 billion (US$9.30 million) from 1.27 million admissions, the action comedy is by far the highest grossing film in the history of distributor TCO.
Valerian: The City of a Thousand Planets had the steepest drop in the top ten. Losing 78.9% of revenue from the previous weekend, the sci-fi film earned ₩450 million (US$398,000) from 58,100 admissions in its second weekend. Distributed locally by Pancinema, the Luc Besson film has made ₩3.9 billion (US$3.44 million) from 491,000 admissions.
Opening on 257 screens, local documentary Reservoir Game (저수지 게임) earned ₩340 million (US$300,000) from 42,700 admissions over its first four days on release. The film – directed by Choi Jin-sung (Steel Cold Winter 소녀) – follows journalist Joo Jin-woo as he chases a money trail that puts him in the path of very powerful people.
Opening on 384 screens, Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled earned only ₩271 million (US$239,000) from 34,500 admissions over its first five days on release. However, it has already surpassed the local grosses of Marie Antoinette and The Blind Ring.
A Taxi Driver (택시운전사) has earned ₩95 billion (US$83.8 million) from 12.1 million admissions – making it the tenth highest grossing domestic film of all-time and the third highest-grossing film ever for distributor Showbox. Lotte Entertainment’s Midnight Runners (청년경찰) has made ₩43.8 billion (US$38.7 million) from 5.58 million admissions after five weekends.
With a week-on-week drop of 92% in its third weekend, Warner Brothers Korea’s V.I.P has made only ₩10.9 billion (US$9.62 million) from 1.36 million admissions.
American Made, The Poet and the Boy (시인의 사랑) and Baby Driver open this weekend.