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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.11.07 ~ 2014.11.09

2014/11/10 | 740 views | Permalink


"Interstellar" arrives and conquers…

Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi event "Interstellar" absorbed 73.2% (1.6M admissions) of the box office pie over the weekend; the $165M delight was given 1,342 screens to pool from (more than double any other), and dominated from there.

Last weekend's number one, David Flynn's "Gone Girl", retreated to third with just 147K (6.6%), while Oh Ki-hwan's "Fashion King - Movie" entered the fray in second (284K - 11.5%). "Gone Girl" was enjoying pole position prior to Nolan's masterpiece and Oh Ki-hwan's K-comedy, but even so the film has only amassed 1.5M admissions ($11.3M) since its release late October. "Fashion King - Movie", meanwhile, is the fifth feature by Oh Ki-hwan and stars Joo Won as an up-and-coming fashionista with a high school fancy in mind. The film opened on Thursday to 523 screens (less than stellar) and starts its campaign star-struck and starving for support, but in high spirits and sporting.  

In fourth place came "We Are Brothers", last weekend's number two, but despite the additional 52K (2.3%) it scored here, Jang Jin's comedy drama is still short of a million admissions as it teases with 935K. Jin's efforts where closely followed by the stop-motion American animation "Boxtrolls", based on Alan Snow's illustrated novel "Here Be Monsters" (2005); another foreign favourite that has already grossed almost $100M worldwide. "Boxtrolls" got 48K (1.9%) going its way, and is proving to be a real crowd and critic pleaser.

Lee Hae-joon's "My Dictator" (23K - 1%) and Lim Chan-sang's "My Love, My Bride - 2014" (23K - 1%) sat in sixth and seventh respectively, while Richard Linklater's epic "Boyhood" occupied eighth with 12K (0.7%). Last week Park Beom-soo-I's comedy "Red Carpet" fell as high as fifth (68K), but has swiftly fallen out of favour and is nigh in ninth (8.7K - 0.4%). Lastly, the weekend was rounded out by Kim Sang-cheol's documentary "The Follower, Ok Han-heum" with Kwon Oh-jung and Sung Yu-ri. The film was released on the 30th but came short of a top ten entry; week two, however, meant its total haul of 5.4K placed it in tenth, an achievement perhaps made possible by the fantastic phenomenon sucking up stubs up above.

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] 2014.10.31 ~ 2014.11.02

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2014.11.07 - 2014.11.09 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Interstellar"   1 663 173 1 905 394
2 "Fashion King - Movie" (패션왕) 2014/11/06 284 309 336 526
3 "Gone Girl"   147 542 1 552 511
4 "We Are Brothers" (우리는 형제입니다) 2014/10/23 52 700 935 439
5 "The Boxtrolls"   48 176 50 519
6 "My Dictator" (나의 독재자) 2014/10/30 23 181 365 712
7 "My Love, My Bride - 2014" (나의 사랑 나의 신부) 2014/10/08 22 933 2 125 607
8 "Boyhood"   12 841 156 931
9 "Red Carpet" (레드카펫) 2014/10/23 8 720 310 917
10 "The Follower, Ok Han-heum" (제자, 옥한흠) 2014/10/30 5 473 20 334
Korean movies only  
  "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" (다이빙벨) 2014/10/23 4 306 30 246
  "Entangled" (현기증) 2014/11/06 3 262 5 108
  "Glory For Everyone" (누구에게나 찬란한) 2014/11/06 3 007 5 854
  "Daughter" (다우더) 2014/11/06 959 2 525
  "Whistle Blower" (제보자) 2014/10/02 827 1 752 200
  "The Woman Upstairs" (위층여자) 2014/10/29 651 3 423
  "Cart" (카트) 2014/11/13 534 28 856
  "Jungle Shuffle" (정글히어로) 2014/10/02 437 70 818
  "Tuning Fork" (소리굽쇠) 2014/10/30 224 2 785
  "Miss Granny" (수상한 그녀) 2014/01/23 212 8 657 262



- C.J. Wheeler [chriscjw@gmail.comKoreaOnTheCouch]

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