Will Ha Jung Woo’s ‘Ransomed’ Dethrone Kim Hye Soo’s ‘Smugglers’ This Weekend?

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Kim Hye Soo and Yum Jung Hwa’s newest film Smugglers has maintained the number one spot at the box office for nine days in a row.

The Korean Film Promotion Commission reported today that Smugglers maintained its top spot, attracting 180,226 viewers nationwide on the 3rd, with a total audience of 2,597,978 people. This crime film rapidly gathered 2.5 million viewers within just nine days of its release on July 26th and has already reached around 4 million people, which is half the break-even point. With the weekend approaching, the movie is expected to surpass the 3 million mark.

Taking the second spot at the box office is Ransomed, starring Ha Jung Woo and Ju Ji Hoon. The film has held its ground for two consecutive days since its release on August 2nd. With its impressive rating, the movie is on track to surpass Smugglers‘ success this weekend. Additionally,  it has already amassed an audience of 259,787 people as of August 3rd. However, hitting one million viewers by this weekend is vital for the film to break even.

On the other hand, Sol Kyung Gu and Do Kyung Soo’s film The Moon, which was released on the same day as Ransomed, fell to fourth place when Elemental dethroned it in its eighth week. With an accumulative audience of 176,120 people, The Moon is currently receiving the most mixed reviews among all other newly released Korean titles.

Some new titles are being well-received at the domestic box office, while others are not. However, things might change this weekend, as films’ performance on their opening weekends can make or break their success.

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