Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium’ falls to ‘Now You See Me’

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Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium’ falls to ‘Now You See Me’


After a month of Korean movies ruling the box office, Hollywood was back on top last weekend thanks to the one-two punch of “Now You See Me” and “Elysium,” according to numbers from the Korean Film Council.

Contrary to many people’s expectations, director Neill Blomkamp’s new science-fiction blockbuster, “Elysium,” only opened in No. 2. Despite being in its second week, “Now You See Me” led the Korean box office, taking 25 percent of ticket sales, or slightly more than 626,000 admissions.

“Elysium,” on the other hand, had just over 573,000 admissions.

Last week’s No. 1, “Hide and Seek,” starring Son Hyun-joo, dropped to No. 3 with 563,000 admissions. It has drawn just over 5 million admissions since its Aug. 14 release.

Meanwhile, other Korean movies greatly slowed down, with “The Flu” and “Snowpiercer” each garnering a little more than 158,000 admissions.

“Snowpiercer” has now topped 9.1 million admissions, although the magic 10 million level appears to be just out of reach.

Two other Hollywood movies landed in the local box office’s Top 10 over the weekend. “Jobs,” about Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs, opened in sixth with 123,000 admissions. “Despicable Me 2,” despite not being officially released in Korea until Sept. 12, was seventh with 80,000 admissions.


BY LEE SUN-MIN [summerlee@joongang.co.kr]

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