The Fatal Encounter
| 역린 | 逆鱗
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Local films take 56% market share
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Wang Chao returns to Un Certain Regard
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Domestic films take 65% share
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Fatal Encounter has year's best opening
By Kevin Ma
Tue, 06 May 2014, 14:20 PM (HKT)
The Fatal Encounter 역린 | 逆鱗 scored the best opening weekend for any film this year in South Korea.
Billed as the comeback of superstar HYEON Bin 현빈 | 炫彬, who completed his compulsory military service in Dec 2012, the period drama attracted 1.7 million admissions and ₩13.1 billion (US$12.7 million) on its first five days in cinema. The second feature film by television director LEE Jae-kyoo 이재규 | 李才奎 had a market share of 38.5% for the weekend.
With a week-on-week drop of 45%, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was second-placed with 1.02 million admissions and ₩8.36 billion (US$8.14 million) between Wednesday and Sunday. After 12 days in cinemas, the superhero sequel has earned 2.91 million admissions and ₩24.5 billion (US$23.9 million).
The Target 표적, a remake of French film Point Blank, was third-placed with 853,000 admissions and ₩6.63 billion over five days (US$6.46 million). The action thriller, which had a market share of 21.5%, will have a midnight screening later this month at the Cannes Film Festival.
In its third weekend, hit indie drama Han Gong-ju 한공주 (2013) earned an additional 24,700 admissions and ₩197 million (US$192,000) between Wednesday and Sunday. After 18 days on release, it has earned 185,000 admission and ₩1.46 billion (US$1.42 million).
With Monday and Tuesday being public holidays in South Korea, the top three films are expected to continue performing strongly.