The South Korean box office saw a relatively quiet weekend with local fantasy drama “Sleep” retaining its chart lead for a second time. Despite the release of two Hollywood films, “A Haunting in Venice” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutant Mayhem,” it was the local film that continued to draw audiences.
In its second weekend, “Sleep” earned $2.38 million, experiencing a modest 20% weekend-on-weekend decline. Its market share also held up decently at 39%. After 12 days in cinemas, the film has earned a total of $7.67 million.
The new Hollywood release, “A Haunting in Venice,” failed to make a significant impact, earning only $676,000 over the weekend and $980,000 over five days. It fell short of reaching the $1 million mark.
Overall, the weekend was one of the weakest in 2023 for the South Korean box office, with a total box office revenue of $6.15 million. This dip in performance is not uncommon during mid-September, as it falls between the end of the summer season and the arrival of larger local titles aimed at the Chuseok holiday period.
Other films that made the chart include “IU Concert: The Golden Hour” in third place, earning $540,000 over the weekend and $790,000 in its five-day opening. “Oppenheimer” held onto fourth place, earning $534,000 in its fifth weekend, bringing its cumulative total to $25.0 million. “Honeysweet” secured fifth place, earning $318,000 in its fourth weekend and accumulating $9.76 million so far.
“Mutant Mayhem,” the Hollywood release, opened in sixth place with $299,000 over the weekend and $352,000 over a four-day run since its Thursday opening. Japanese animation “The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes” earned $230,000 over the weekend and $290,000 over its four-day opening. “Concrete Utopia,” previously a chart-topper, earned $217,000 over the weekend, reaching a cumulative total of $28.0 million since its release on August 9.
Pixar’s “Elemental” continued to attract audiences, earning $145,000. Its cumulative total since June 14 now stands at $53.3 million. Finally, in tenth place, the Korean film “Don’t Buy the Vendor” earned $114,000, bringing its three-week cumulative total to $2.95 million.
Overall, it was a lackluster weekend at the South Korean box office, with “Sleep” leading the charts once again. However, with the upcoming release of larger local titles for the Chuseok holiday period, it is expected that the box office performance will pick up in the coming weeks.