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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.12.12 ~ 2014.12.14


Lovely Indie Makes History…

The biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" failed to return to the top celebrating a narrow victory over the cosmically curious "Interstellar" last weekend. Week two for Ridley's personal odyssey (the film is dedicated to the late Tony Scott) was not as promising as its entry; it slumped to third having captured only 18% (346K) of the box office pie. Above came Nolan's "Interstellar" (396K – 20%), still short 300K of the 10M admissions mark, and, more historically, came this week's number one: "My Love, Don't Cross That River".

Officially released on the 27 November, Jin Mo-young's heartfelt documentary "My Love, Don't Cross That River" entered in sixth, rose to fifth last weekend, and now this record-breaking indie (fuelled by positive press and by word of mouth) finds itself convincingly atop the chart. The film saw its number of screens jump from just 287 last week to 806 here, from which it claimed over 637K admissions (31.6%) to take gold and make history.

Earlier in the year, it was Lee Su-jin's "Han Gong-ju" that was making waves. This dramatic indie went onto score 223K admissions, but Jin Mo-young's lovely documentary has already amassed over 1M admissions ($7.6M); keep an eye on this one as it continues to rewrite indie records and rules.

The top three captured 69% of the foot traffic, all led by two old souls and their take on love, life, and loss. Fantastic. In fourth entered James Marsh's romantic biopic "The Theory of Everything", a romantic rendition of "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen" (the renowned and accomplished theorectical physicist Stephen William Hawking) that won the hearts of over 138K filmgoers over the weekend (6.9%).

In fifth place fell "Love, Rosie" (127K – 6.2%), a British-German rom-com starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, sixth went to Choi Ho's "Big Match" (97K – 4.6%), followed by Korea's favourite little penguin just in time for Christmas: "Pororo, The Snow Fairy Village Adventure" (77K – 2.3%).   

Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" slipped just the one place to eighth, capturing 53K as opposed the 64K it banked last weekend, while Pitt's "Fury" took the biggest hit as it freefell from fourth to ninth (41K – 2%). Lastly, Jeon Hyeong-joon's comedy "Five Eagle Brothers" (down four places itself) closed out the week by bringing its total now to 201K.


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] 2014.12.05 ~ 2014.12.07


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2014.12.12 - 2014.12.14 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "My Love, Don't Cross That River" (님아, 그 강을 건너지 마오) 2014/11/27 637 183 1 057 299
2 "Interstellar"   396 201 9 700 614
3 "Exodus: Gods and Kings"   346 336 1 371 473
4 "The Theory of Everything"   138 694 198 084
5 "Love, Rosie"   127 726 194 108
6 "Big Match" (빅매치) 2014/11/27 97 114 1 141 164
7 "Pororo, The Snow Fairy Village Adventure" (뽀로로 극장판 눈요정 마을 대모험) 2014/12/11 77 132 83 484
8 "Howl's Moving Castle" (ハウルの動く城)
  52 209 2 588 411
9 "Fury"   41 779 1 348 939
10 "Five Eagle Brothers" (덕수리5형제) 2014/12/04 30 238 201 291
Korean movies only  
  "Shinhwa Live 3D: The Legend Continues" (신화 라이브 3D 더 레전드 컨티뉴스) 2014/12/11 4 864 7 025
  "Dad for Rent" (아빠를 빌려드립니다) 2014/11/20 3 079 168 411
  "The Hospice" (목숨) 2014/12/04 2 702 29 978
  "Cart" (카트) 2014/11/13 2 246 805 646
  "QUO VADIS" (쿼바디스) 2014/12/10 1 980 5 575
  "GROW: Infinite's Real Youth Life" (GROW: 인피니트의 리얼 청춘 라이프) 2014/12/04 1 872 22 722
  "Ode to My Father" (국제시장) 2014/12/17 1 085 26 242
  "My Sister" (울언니) 2014/12/04 1 002 3 842
  "Change Zoororing Showcase" (쥬로링 동물탐정 극장판) 2014/12/18 631 3 287
  "He Who Loves the World" (그 사람 그 사랑 그 세상) 2014/11/20 592 15 496


- C.J. Wheeler (@WoolgatheristKoreaOnTheCouch)

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