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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.10.24 ~ 2014.10.26

2014/10/27

Gold for "Gone Girl"…

David Fincher's latest thriller "Gone Girl" hit Korea shores late last week and topped Korea's box office with 426K admissions. The film, which stars Batman-to-be Ben Affleck, captured 29% of the box office pie from 653 screenings, and in the process dislodged Lee Myung-se and Lim Chan-sang's "My Love, My Bride - 2014" as the country's current film of choice.

Jang Jin's comedy "We Are Brothers" and Park Beom-soo-I's "Red Carpet" also entered the fray and occupied second and fourth respectively. "We Are Brother" stars Cho Jin-woong and Kim Sung-kyun as two brothers separated at birth, but who reunite to find their mother. The film opened last Thursday to 547 screens, and from them claimed over 344K admissions (22%). Last week's number one, "My Love, My Bride - 2014", added another 215K to bring its total tally now to 1.8M ($13.5M), while newcomer "Red Carpet", a comedy drama starring Yoon Kye-sang, Go Joon-hee, Oh Jung-se, and Jo Dal-hwan, slotted into fourth with 117K (7.7%) stubs scored.

The action fantasy "Dracula Untold" claimed silver last weekend with 260K, but the film's third weekend saw it fall to fifth with just 114K (7.5%). Yim Soon-rye's drama "Whistle Blower", this week's number six (61K – 3.9%), recounts the controversy around Dr Lee and his questionable stem-cell research. The film stars Park Hae-il as the journalist who blows the lid on the scientist's dubious findings, and since it was released on the 2nd the film has amassed 1.6M admissions ($12.4M).

Not too far from Park's pressing feature came the popular young-adult sci-fi flick "The Maze Runner" (45K - 2.9%), followed closely (just 200 tickets less) by Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama "Boyhood". Linklater's popular piece has already grossed ten times the estimate $4M it took to created, and its first week in the land of the morning calm attracted a little over 45K (2.9%). At number nine, and down five places, was the spy thriller "The November Man" (19K – 1.2%), and the last weekend of October was rounded off by the French flick "Serial Bad Wedding", whose second weekend out saw it claim 18K admissions (1.2%).

 

What's coming out next week in Korea? [HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound...

Last weekend's report: [HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.10.17 ~ 2014.10.19

 

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2014.10.24 - 2014.10.26 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Gone Girl"   426 719 496 779
2 "We Are Brothers" (우리는 형제입니다) 2014/10/23 344 725 411 244
3 "My Love, My Bride - 2014" (나의 사랑 나의 신부) 2014/10/08 215 587 1 839 033
4 "Red Carpet" (레드카펫) 2014/10/23 117 869 150 965
5 "Dracula Untold"   114 425 1 208 405
6 "Whistle Blower" (제보자) 2014/10/02 61 396 1 698 505
7 "The Maze Runner"   45 447 2 777 702
8 "Boyhood"   45 147 52 277
9 "The November Man"   19 456 240 236
10 "Serial Bad Weddings" (Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?)   18 727 171 777
Korean movies only  
  "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" (다이빙벨) 2014/10/23 6 406 9 635
  "Slow Video" (슬로우 비디오) 2014/10/02 4 497 1 168 113
  "My Dictator" (나의 독재자) 2014/10/30 2 162 9 897
  "Tazza: The Hidden Card" (타짜-신의 손) 2014/09/03 1 096 4 015 043
  "Scarlet Innocence" (마담 뺑덕) 2014/10/02 720 469 448
  "Pirates" (해적: 바다로 간 산적) 2014/08/06 636 8 665 269
  "Jungle Shuffle" (정글히어로) 2014/10/02 469 68 266
  "Glory For Everyone" (누구에게나 찬란한) 2014/11/06 452 960
  "The Road Called Life" (메밀꽃, 운수 좋은 날, 그리고 봄봄) 2014/08/21 320 31 102
  "QUO VADIS" (쿼바디스) 2014/12/10 292 1 252

 

- C.J. Wheeler (chriscjw@gmail.comKoreaOnTheCouch)

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