Kingsman: The Golden Circle takes the early lead at the South Korea box office as the country heads into the ten-day Chuseok holiday.
Opening on Wednesday, the spy film earned ₩18.9 billion (US$16.5 million) from 2.35 million admissions over its first five days on release, and it accounted for 64.5% of total revenue between Friday and Sunday. It is 20th Century Fox’s second biggest opening behind Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing (곡성).
In 2015, the first Kingsman film opened a week ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday and earned ₩5.88 billion (US$5.13 million) from 713,000 admissions over its first five days on release. It gained strength over the holiday and ended up defeating local adventure Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island (조선명탐정: 사라진 놉의 딸), earning ₩50.4 billion (US$43.9 million) from 6.13 million admissions during its theatrical run.
This time, Kingsman’s local opponent is CJ Entertainment’s star-studded period war epic The Fortress (남한산성), starring Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yun-seok, and Park Hae-il. The Huang Dong-hyuk film opens on Tuesday with solid pre-sale numbers.
Local comedy I Can Speak (아이 캔 스피크) remained strong in its second weekend. With a week-on-week drop of only 11.7%, the Lotte release earned an additional ₩4.39 billion (US$3.83 million) from 549,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. The film has earned a total of ₩12.8 (US$11.1 million) from 1.65 million admissions after two weekends.
Japanese animated film Yo-kai Watch the Movie 3 (映画 妖怪ウォッチ 空飛ぶクジラとダブル世界の大冒険だニャン!) opened in the third place, earning ₩688 million (US$600,000) from 93,100 admission over its first five days on release.
Last July, Yo-kai Watch the Movie 2 (映画 妖怪ウォッチ エンマ大王と5つの物語だニャン!) opened with ₩1.07 billion (US$930,000) from 139,000 admissions over its first five days on release for a total of ₩2.47 billion (US$2.15 million) from 331,000 admissions. Nevertheless, the new Yo-kai Watch film will benefit from family audiences over the extended holiday.
Trailing behind in the family competition is The Lego Ninjago Movie. Opening on Thursday, the comedy earned ₩567 million (US$494,000) from 75,000 admissions over its first four days on release, lower than the opening of The Lego Batman Movie. However, Ninjago does have a chance of surpassing its predecessor’s ₩1.17 billion (US$1.02 million) and 149,000 admissions score thanks to the long holiday period.
With Kingsman taking away a large number of screens, Baby Driver suffered the largest drop in the top ten. In its third weekend, the action film took a week-on-week drop of 77.9%, earning ₩291 million (US$254,000) from 35,900 admissions between Friday and Sunday. The Sony release has made a respectable ₩6.53 billion (US$5.7 million) from 802,000 admissions.
Memoir of a Murderer (살인자의 기억법) has made ₩21.1 billion (US$18.4 million) from 2.62 million admissions.