Korea Box Office: ‘Inside Out 2’ Dominates on Second Weekend

“Inside Out 2” enjoyed a stellar second weekend at the South Korean box office, comfortably beating local thriller “Hijack 1971.”

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The Pixar animation recorded a week-on-week drop of only 15% to score $10.3 million between Friday and Sunday, according to data from Kobis the box office tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic). Its market share through the weekend was a powerful 70%.

Those performances give the film a $28 million cumulative after 12 days in Korean cinemas. In that short time, “Inside Out 2” has become the third highest-scoring film released this year in the country. And it has overtaken ”Wonka” to be the most watched import title of 2024.

Opening in second place was “Hijack 1971,” a fact-based Korean kidnap story about an airplane hijacking during which an explosion caused the pilot to lose an eye. Starring Ha Jung-woo and Yeo Jin-goo, the film opened in second place It earned $3.36 million and took a 23% market share – both slightly disappointing considering the craft exhibited by the filmmakers and the powerhouse cast. But no other film came even remotely close on a highly-polarized weekend.

“Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” dropped to third place, but earned a miserable $151,000 for a cumulative of $11.7 million. That total makes it the sixth-ranked film of the year in Korea.

Japanese animation, “Haikyu! The Dumpster Battle” took fourth place with $139,000 for a total of $5.39 million after five weekends.

Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest” took fifth place with $112,000 for a cumulative of $1.02 million.

Another European art-house film “The Taste of Things” opened in sixth place with $63,000 over the weekend and $112,000 over its five-day opening run.

Long-playing Korean police actioner, “The Roundup: Punishment” earned $51,000 over the weekend. It has now earned $79.1 million since releasing in April, making it the second biggest film of the year.

Japanese title, “The Concierge” opened in eighth place with $49,000 over the weekend and $93,000 over its five-day opening run.

Korean holdover title “Following” earned $45,600 for a total of $8.04 million earned since mid-May

Korean-made Artificial Intelligence fantasy “Wonderland” crashed to tenth place in its third weekend of release. It earned just $42,000, for a three-weekend total of $4.2 million.

Aggregate Friday to Sunday revenue was a healthy $14.6 million, barely changed from the previous weekend.

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