Faced with two Hollywood challengers, Memoir of a Murderer (살인자의 기억법) managed to hang on to the top spot for the second week at the South Korea box office.
With a week-on-week drop of 46.2%, the Showbox thriller earned an additional ₩4.07 billion (US$3.59 million) from 483,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. The Won Shin-yeon film has made ₩16.7 billion (US$14.7 million) from 2.06 million admissions after two weekends on release.
Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver opened in second place, earning ₩3.51 billion (US$3.1 million) from 421,000 admissions over its first four days on release. The action film is only Wright’s second film to receive a theatrical release in South Korea after Hot Fuzz in 2007. The local marketing campaign included a visit by director Edgar Wright, who was joined by director Bong Joon-ho at a post-screening talk.
Despite setting new opening day records earlier this year, Tom Cruise failed to draw in audiences with American Made. In third place, the crime drama earned only ₩2.15 billion (US$1.9 million) from 266,000 admissions over its first four days on release.
In June, The Mummy earned ₩7.39 billion (US$6.52 million) from 874,000 admissions on its opening day. However, the momentum failed to hold as the film ended its run with ₩30.5 billion (US$26.9 million) from 3.69 million admissions. Both American Made and The Mummy are released locally by UPI Korea.
In sixth place, A Monster Calls opened with ₩375 million (US$330,000) from 46,700 admissions over its first four days on release. Wind River opened in tenth place, earning ₩256 million (US$226,000) from 32,300 admissions over its first four days. The films opened on 317 and 325 screens, respectively.
Despite the support of CGV Cinemas’ Arthouse arm, local indie The Poet and the Boy (시인의 사랑) earned only ₩41.3 million (US$36,400) from 5,240 admissions on 119 screens over its first four days on release. The Kim Yang-hee film stars Yang Ik-june as a failing poet who gets an awakening when he meets a young man.
After losing a significant number of screens to new films, It fell to fourth place with ₩994 million (US$877,000) from 119,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday, representing a week-on-week drop of 72.1%. The horror film has made ₩6.70 billion (US$5.91 million) from 810,000 admissions after two weekends.
Local comedy I Can Speak (아이 캔 스피크) opens this weekend.