Korea Box Office: ‘Confidential Assignment 2’ Wins Weekend

Korea Box Office: ‘Confidential Assignment 2’ Wins Weekend

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Action comedy film “Confidential Assignment 2: International” remained at the top of the South Korean box office for the fourth consecutive weekend. Its continued success came despite a slew of new releases intended to catch the National Foundation Day holiday weekend.

Between Friday and Sunday, “Confidential Assignment 2” earned $2.19 million from 304,000 ticket sales and a 29% market share. The weekend revenue boosts it to $43.3 million cumulatively since its release on September 7, 2022.

It is only the fourth film this year to exceed the six million mark and the third Korean film to do so, after “The Roundup” (12.7 million) and “Hansan: Rising Dragon” (7.26 million). .

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The Korean comedy “Honest Candidate 2” opened in second place with $1.74 million over the weekend and $2.69 million in the five days since its release on Wednesday.

The Korean musical ‘Life is Beautiful’ came in third. It earned $1.07 million over the weekend and $1.75 million over its opening seven days.

Two other new titles, both animations, reached the top five. Japan’s “Crayon Shin-chan: School Mystery! The Splendid Tenkasu Mystery” earned 899,000 over the weekend and $1.04 million in five days. The Korean-made “Hello Carbot the Movie: The Secret of the Suspicious Magic Troupe” cost in the weekend $538,000 and $612,000 over five days.

Monday is a public holiday in South Korea, which means the box office could rise a bit. (There are two more holidays on October 9 and 10.) But the latter did little to reinvigorate the movie theaters’ fortunes.

This past weekend brought in $7.71 million nationwide, compared to last week’s non-holiday session, worth $7.21 million.

With the exception of the Chuseok holiday in mid-September, the Korean box office has bounced back to a range of $7-10 million per weekend since early August. That followed a much stronger three months after the end of most COVID restrictions in early May.

The rush of newcomers meant that two recent releases, the re-released original ‘Avatar’ and the Korean thriller ‘Project Wolf Hunting’, were pushed aside. “Avatar” made $697,000 this weekend for a current release of $2.30 million. “Project Wolf Hunting” dropped from second to seventh with a weekend score of $270,000. It now has a cumulative 12 days of $3.07 million.

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