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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.01.30 ~ 2015.02.01


Disney's Oscar delight comes right…

Last week Yoo Ha's "Gangnam Blues" entered the fray and scored a narrow victory during a highly competitive weekend. "Gangnam Blues", "Big Hero 6", and JK Youn's "Ode to My Father" were all in the running for gold, but its was Yoo's action noir that the public championed. This weekend, however, saw Walt Disney's "Big Hero 6" gain momentum and claim the week's top spot with over 611K admissions going its way (29%), bumping its total tally in Korea now to 1.7M ($12M). To date, Disney's, Marvel-inspired, Oscar nominee has already banked $484M worldwide, more than double its production budget of around $165M.

Following this animated foreign favourite came the local film of the year: "Ode to My Father". Week seven for Yoon's war drama (which stars Hwang Jung-min, Kim Yunjin, Oh Dal-soo, Jung Jin-young) saw it climb back up to second having been overtaken last week by both "Gangnum Blues" and "Big Hero 6". But Yoon's fifth feature has been a popular phenomena that refuses to fade just yet, and so scored an additional 420K (20%) over the week to push its total tally now to an awesome 12.7M ($89M). "Ode to My Father" is now the fifth highest-grossing Korean film of all time, have recently surpassed "Masquerade" (12.3M) and "The King and the Clown" (12.3M), and now has "Miracle in Cell No.7" (12.8M) clearly in its sights. Simply incredible stats, and it's not done yet.

As mentioned, it was a promising start for Yoo's "Blues", but the popularity of the above mentioned flicks forced it to third with its 403K (20%). The film also marked somewhat of a watershed mid-chart, as the next feature only managed 168K (7.8%). Mun Je-yong's first solo effort in the directors chair ("Shoot Me in the Heart") was released on the 28th, and from its 452 screens the film banked $1.1M. "Shoot Me in the Heart", which stars Lee Min-ki and Yeo Jin-goo as two friends who break out of a mental hospital, is based on the novel by award-winning Korean author Jeong Yoo-jeong-I's novel "Shoot My Heart".

Not too far behind this promising adaptation came the romantic comedy "Love Forecast" with Lee Seung-gi and Moon Chae-won. Last weekend the film occupied fourth with 281K, but slipped to fifth here with 116K (7.8%). "Love Forecast" was released on the 14th of last month and is now approaching two million tickets sold (1.8M - $12.9M).

To the lover half of the table now, and in sixth place (down one) came "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" with 81K (3.6%), followed by the new foreign release "The Water Diviner" by actor-director Russell Crowe (61K - 2.8%). The American action thriller "The Equalizer" (starring Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo) and Tim Burton's biographical romantic drama "Big Eyes" came in eighth (37K - 1.8%) and ninth (36K - 1.7%) respectively. And lastly, the weekend was rounded out by Ha Jung-woo's drama "Chronicle of a Blood Merchant" with 32K (1.5%), down four places from last weekend and now finds itself just 60K short of a million admissions.


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] 2015.01.23 - 2015.01.25


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2015.01.30 - 2015.02.01 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Big Hero 6"   611 399 1 739 770
2 "Ode to My Father" (국제시장) 2014/12/17 420 468 12 719 627
3 "Gangnam Blues" (강남 1970) 2015/01/21 403 422 1 769 037
4 "Shoot Me in the Heart" (내 심장을 쏴라) 2015/01/28 168 691 273 625
5 "Love Forecast" (오늘의 연애) 2015/01/14 116 396 1 801 832
6 "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb"   81 818 1 056 544
7 "The Water Diviner"   61 118 101 129
8 "The Equalizer"   37 368 62 869
9 "Big Eyes"   36 470 54 975
10 "Chronicle of a Blood Merchant" (허삼관) 2015/01/15 32 365 939 359
Korean movies only  
  "A Perfect Way to Steal a Dog" (개를 훔치는 완벽한 방법) 2014/12/31 5 467 248 842
  "My Love, Don't Cross That River" (님아, 그 강을 건너지 마오) 2014/11/27 5 392 4 787 411
  "Lost Flower: Eo Woo-dong" (어우동: 주인 없는 꽃) 2015/01/29 3 919 7 824
  "C'est Si Bon" (쎄시봉) 2015/02/05 279 7 316
  "Clearer Than You Think" (생각보다 맑은) 2015/01/22 267 2 811
  "Farewell My Love (Part Three) (미워도 다시 한번 3, 1970) - Re-release"   224 721
  "The Tenor Lirico Spinto" (더 테너 리리코 스핀토) 2014/12/31 195 49 768
  "Our Joyful Young Days" (기쁜 우리 젊은 날) 1987/05/02 147 844
  "Casa Amor, Exclusive for Ladies" (워킹걸) 2015/01/08 109 143 156
  "Party 51" (파티51) 2014/12/11 97 2 236


- C.J. Wheeler (@WoolgatheristKoreaOnTheCouch)

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