Intra-Korean spy-action Hunt clinched a third weekend as the best picture at the South Korean box office, while Bullet Train finished fourth.
Hunt, directed by and starring Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae, grossed a whopping $2.91 million on its third weekend of release. The number was down 48% from weekend to weekend, and the film’s market share fell to 33% from 47% the previous weekend.
Hunt now has a total gross of $28.7 million, making it the fifth-highest-grossing film of the year to date and the third-biggest Korean title.
Lee had a busy week. He also announced a series spin-off of his hit 2020 film, Deliver Us From Evil.
The weekend victory for “Hunt” was made possible by the weakness of the re-release opponents. And overall, the weekend aggregate fell to $8.82 million, the second-lowest scoring session since COVID restrictions were lifted in early May.
Second place went to a film without an official English language title, but which roughly means “Six Shao”. The Korean-produced comedy earned $2.79 million over the weekend in second place.
“Hansan: Rising Dragon,” a historical action film that’s been out for a month now, stayed in third place with $1.08 million. His grand total rose to $53.2 million.
“Bullet Train” opened a low fourth place with $448,000 between Friday and Sunday and $907,000 in the first five days. And that’s despite star Brad Pitt’s recent promotional visit to Korea.
“Nope” dropped from third place in the opening weekend to fifth place in the second frame. $383,000 was needed over the weekend for a total of $3.04 million after 12 days.
No other film managed more than 2% market share. Minions: The Rise of Gru grossed $162,000 over the weekend for a total of $16.2 million. Japanese animation Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Asakusa Arc cost $84,000. “DC League of Super Pets” grossed $73,000 for a three-week total of $1.66 million. New opener, Norwegian art-house drama The Worst Person in the World, came in tenth with $58,000 over the weekend and $85,000 over the first five days.
https://variety.com/2022/film/asia/korea-box-office-lee-jung-jae-hunt-1235353059/ Korea Box Office: Lee Jung-jae “Hunt”