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[HanCinema Box Office Review] 2015.11.13 ~ 2015.11.15

2015/11/16 | 761 views | Permalink

"The Priests" holds up against Mendes' "Spectre"...

Jang Jae-hyeon's murder mystery "The Priests" retained pole position during its second week out having defending the top spot against the incoming "Spectre". Last weekend, "The Priests" (formerly known as "Black Priest") dominated during its first weekend by capturing 62% of the sales, week two for Jang Jae-hyeon's directorial debut saw that slip to 49% with a million tickets sold. The film, which stars Kim Yun-seok and Gang Dong-won, has, since its release on the fifth of this month, grossed over $23.6 million.

The twenty-fourth James Bond film arrived in Korea to 1,105 screens around the country (four less that "The Priests"), and its opening weekend attracted 828 thousand filmgoers to this new Bond adventure. This latest Bond, "Spectre", stars Daniel Craig (his fourth Bond film), Christoph Waltz, and Lea Seydoux, and was produced for around $250 million. Worldwide, "Spectre" has already made $543 million since being released in the UK in October.

One Korea's favourite foreign films of the year, "The Martian", slipped one place to third with 57 thousand admissions (2.4%), bringing its total tally now to 4.8 million, or $33.6 million. A re-release of Michel Gondry "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" started its run last week, but has rapidly risen up the chart to fourth place with 47.9 thousand showing their support.

Steven Spielberg's latest thriller "Bridge of Spies" went from fourth to fifth by capturing 2.3% of the box office pie (38.2 thousand admissions), while Yoon Joon-hyeong's own thriller, "Fatal Intuition" (starring Joo Won and Yoo Hae-jin), fell three places to sixth with 31 thousand stubs sold. "Fatal Intuition", along with this week's number one were the only Korea films to feature in this weekend's top ten.

In seventh place entered the animated adventure "Frog Kingdom" by Nelson Shin from Grindstone Entertainment Group
and Simka Entertainment. This Chinese animation was allocated 227 screens from which to pull from, and attracted 23 thousand for just under a percent of the total weekend sales. "The Intern" managed to added another 20.5 thousand to its cause, and so moved to 3.5 million ($24 million), while another Chinese film, "Monster Hunt", entered the fray in eighth with 16.7 thousand admissions. This weekend's top ten was rounded out by "Burnt", which, after winning over 102 thousand filmgoers last weekend, attracted just 16.4 thousand here.

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2015.11.13 - 2015.11.15 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "The Priests" (검은 사제들) 2015/11/05 1 089 371 3 501 101
2 "Spectre"   828 671 1 185 199
3 "The Martian"   57 101 4 841 695
4 "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"   47 898 312 309
5 "Bridge of Spies"   38 243 243 167
6 "Fatal Intuition" (그 놈이다) 2015/10/28 31 585 1 031 500
7 "The Frog Kingdom" (青蛙王國)   23 122 24 821
8 "The Intern"   20 598 3 585 986
9 "Monster Hunt" (捉妖記)   16 695 20 418
10 "Burnt"   16 421 177 279
Korean movies only  
  "Inside Men" (내부자들) 2015/11/19 7 538 18 060
  "The Phone" (더 폰) 2015/10/22 7 278 1 590 995
  "Love at the End of the World" (세상 끝의 사랑) 2015/11/12 1 731 3 080
  "The Advocate : A missing body" (성난 변호사) 2015/10/08 926 1 127 806
  "Old Bicycle" (늙은 자전거) 2015/11/12 765 1 619
  "The Throne" (사도) 2015/09/16 392 6 243 640
  "Right Now, Wrong Then" (지금은맞고그때는틀리다) 2015/09/24 392 77 929
  "Sorry, I Love You, Thank You" (미안해 사랑해 고마워) 2015/10/29 328 50 571
  "Accidental Detective" (탐정 : 더 비기닝) 2015/09/24 253 2 624 812
  "Veteran" (베테랑) 2015/08/05 250

13 412 331

- C.J. Wheeler (@WoolgatheristKoreaOnTheCouch)

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