Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” opened with an unconvincing second place debut at the South Korean cinema box office.
It earned $406,000 between Friday and Sunday and $499,000 over its full four-day opening period. Its market share was a shade below 9%, according to data from KOBIS, the tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic).
That left “Love Reset,” a local romantic comedy, at the top of the chart for the third successive weekend. It dropped only 21% to $1.84 million between Friday and Sunday and claimed a 40% market share. After 19 days on release, its cumulative total is $11.7 million.
Directed by Nam Dae-joong, “Love Reset” is the story of a young couple in the midst of divorce who are involved in a car accident and lose their memories. When the amnesiac pair fall for each other again, their families try to trigger their memories and set them back on the road to separation.
The nationwide cinema box office aggregate was $4.57 million, only the second time this year that the movie Korea’s more than two thousand cinemas have collectively failed to earn $5 million over a weekend. Six of the weakest eight weekend this year have occurred since the beginning of September.
“The Exorcist: Believer” was another new release that failed to raise the spirits. It scored $336,000 over the weekend, enough for third place. Over its five-day opening run, it earned $477,000.
Korean drama film “Hopeless” slipped to fourth place in its second week of release with $256,000. It now has a cumulative of $1.72 million.
“Expendables 4” opened belatedly in Korea and earned $197,000 in its opening weekend. Over its five opening days, it earned $358,000.
Japanese animation “Blue Giant” opened in the same pattern and took fifth place. It earned $193,000 over the weekend and $330,000 over five days.
Previous chart topper, “Dr Cheon and the Lost Talisman” placed seventh over the latest weekend. It earned $180,000 extending its cumulative since September to $13.7 million.
“Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie” earned $132,000 over the weekend, for a cumulative of $945,000.
Ukrainian-U.S. animation film “Mavka: The Forest” opened in ninth place with $124,000 over the weekend and $171,000 over five days.
Big-budget Korean sports drama “Road to Boston” brought up tenth place with $100,000. After four weekends, including the Chuseok holiday period, it has a cumulative of $6.67 million.