For the second weekend in a row, the comedy action film “Confidential Assignment 2: International” took the top spot at the South Korean box office. And it did so with a massive 75% market share.
But when the Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) holiday retreated into the rearview mirrors, both the sequel and the nationwide box office collapsed.
“Confidential Assignment 2” earned $6.89 million in the past Friday to Sunday, according to data from Kobis, the tracking service of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). That figure was 57% lower than the opening salvo of $21.0 million a week earlier.
Still, since its opening on September 7, the film has already collected $35.2 million. That makes it the fifth highest-grossing film of the year to date, ahead of “Hunt” and after “Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
The film was directed by Lee Seok-hoon and executive produced by hitmaker JK Youn. It stars Hyun bin, Yoo Hai Jin, Lim Yoon-a and Daniel Henney.
It’s a follow-up to the 2017 hit “Confidential Assignment,” in which agents from North and South Korea team up to catch a criminal. The previous title earned $46 million from 7.82 million spectators.
Comedy, “6/45” retained second place, but made less than $1 million. It scored $910,000 for a cumulative $13.4 million since its release on August 24, 2022.
Recent ownership, “Katuri The Movie The Big City Adventure” earned $259,000 in third place. The Korean-made animation has earned $949,000 after 11 days of release.
“Hunt” took $156,000 in fourth place for a cumulative $32.0 million. “Top Gun Maverick” earned $151,000 for a total of $63.2 million. Released earlier in 2019, “Aladdin” earned $111,000 in sixth place for a total of $78.6 million.
The highest-ranking new release of the weekend was “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero,” which opened seventh with a score of $80,800 over the weekend and $117,000 over the first five days.
“The Black Phone” earned $78,800 in its second weekend of release in Korea. That gave it a cumulative amount of $749,000.
“Hansan: Rising Dragon” took tenth place with $40,000 over the weekend and a cumulative $53.1 million since its release on July 27, 2022.
“Vita Dolce,” a Korean drama about a popular singer-turned-classical musician, also scored $189,000 from 8,100 ticket sales, according to Kobis.