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Box-office sales continue nosedive due to coronavirus outbreak

Mar 17,2020
Weekend box-office sales continued their weeks-long fall due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 190,000 moviegoers visited theaters over the weekend, a significant drop from last weekend’s 240,000 moviegoers.

While the total number of confirmed patients has begun to shrink, the increase of patients having tested positive for the virus in Seoul seems to have affected box-office sales.

“The Invisible Man” topped the rankings for the third straight week but only attracted 56,000 people to 617 screens.

Newly-released “Dark Waters,” a drama thriller featuring Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway, landed at second with 44,000 moviegoers seeing the film at 575 screens.

The film is based on a real story about lawyer Robert Bilott fighting against American conglomerate DuPont after it is discovered that the company dumped hundreds of gallons worth of unauthorized chemical toxins into a river.

“1917,” which finished the weekend in third, was seen by 39,000 people in 539 screenings.

Local films “Beasts Clawing at Straws” and “Honest Candidate” have each held onto their spots in the top five for a month.

“Beasts” was seen by 14,000 people at 382 screenings, while “Honest” sold 12,000 tickets for 343 showings.

By Lee Jae-lim