Korea Box Office: ‘Inside Out 2’ Reaches $48 Million After Strong Fourth Weekend

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Disney’s “Inside Out 2” held very strongly in its fourth weekend of release in South Korea to reach a cumulative score of $48 million.

It earned $6.30 million between Friday and Sunday, earned from 906,000 ticket sales, according to data from Kobis, the tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic). That represented a week-on-week decrease of just 11%. And the film held on to a powerful 43% market share in its fourth week.

Its $48.1 million cumulative total from 6.92 million ticket sales cements “Inside Out 2’s” position as the third-highest film of the year behind “Exhuma” and “The Roundup: Punishment.” And it has a score close to double that of fourth-placed “Wonka,” on $24.6 million.

Daily chart data showed “Inside Out 2” being bested on Wednesday by new Korean release “Escape,” but the new film’s lead was not sustained. “Escape” earned $3.64 million over the weekend and $5.01 million over its opening five-day run.

The action-drama about a North Korean soldier who dreams of defecting and the South Korean officer who pursues him is directed by Lee Jong-pil, who previously made surprise 2020 hit “Samjin Company English Class.” It stars Lee Je-hoon and Koo Kyo-hwan.

Comedy-horror film “Handsome Guys” held on to the third position in its second weekend. Benefitting from decent word of mouth, it earned $2.14 million, only down 6% from its opening weekend score. After 12 days in Korean cinemas, it has earned $6.49 million.

“Hijack 1971,” a fact-based Korean kidnap story about an airplane hijacking during which an explosion caused the pilot to lose an eye, lost altitude and slipped to fourth place from its previous two-week cruise level of second position. It scored $1.45 million, down 38% week-on-week, and has accumulated $9.95 million since its take-off on June 21.

“A Quiet Place: Day One” fell to fifth place in its second weekend. Kobis shows it earning $512,000 and accumulating $3.55 million after 12 days of release.

“Perfect Days,” the Wim Wenders-directed Oscar-nominated drama about a toilet cleaner in Tokyo, took sixth place on its opening weekend in Korea. It earned $85,000 over the weekend proper and $132,000 over its opening five days.

Japanese animation, “Haikyu! The Dumpster Battle” increased its weekend score, but remained unchanged in seventh place. It earned $71,800 between Friday and Sunday, for a cumulative total of $5.30 million since releasing on May 15.

“Dune Part Two” earned $55,000, thanks to premium-priced tickets and an opportunistic re-release, and took eighth place. (Local charts which rank according to admissions show it in ninth.) Since releasing on the last day of February, it has earned $17.0 million and been watched by two million spectators. The first part of “Dune” also re-released and took tenth plaxce with $44,000, for a cumulative of $13.4 million.

German animation film “Shorty and the Legend of the Enchanted Reef” slipped to eleventh place in its second week. It earned $29,200 for a total of $118,000 since release.

Hit Chinese film “The Invisible Guest” opened only in 13th in Korea. It earned $24,000 over the weekend and $48,000 over its full five-day Korean debut.

The nationwide box office weekend was worth $14.7 million, up 6% week-on-week.

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