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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.22 ~ 2015.05.24


"Mad Max" retains pole position...

The fourth film in the "Mad Max" series continued its reign atop the Korean box office, claiming additional 310K (31%) across 714 screens to move its total tally now to 1.8M ($15M). "Mad Max: Fury Road" has been peppered with praise from critics and filmgoers worldwide, and is quickly closing in on the estimated $150M it took to produce. Last weekend "Mad Max" (along with Spy) entered and dislodged Marvel's "Avengers" as the country's favourite flick; week two for George Miller's dusty dystopia saw that success continue as fans flocked to theatres to catch Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in action.

Pal Feig's Spy remained in second place having captured 23% of the box office pie. Spy claimed 257K admissions across 663 screens to retained its prized place on the podium. Baek Woon-hak's "Chronicles of Evil" (starring Son Hyeong-joo, Ma Dong-seok, and Choi Daniel) was one of the only films that saw any movement (in the right direction) as it climbed one place to settle in third. Baek's thriller scored the attention of 415K last weekend but saw that figure drop to 153K (17%) here. Currently, "Chronicle of Evil" has amassed 1.4M stubs, or $10.3M.

In fourth place, and down one, fell Min Gyoo-dong's drama "The Treacherous" starring Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Kang-woo, Chun Ho-jin, and Lim Ji-yeon. The film is set in during Korea's romanticised Joseon era and recounts events around King Yeonsan and his treacherous servants and subjects. Min's dynastic drama claimed 148K (17%) over the weekend, just 5K short Baek's thriller.

From fifth place down the figures took a turn to the tranquil, with Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" marking the watershed with just 65K (7%) to its name. "Avengers" hit Korean shores at the end of April and has since amassed 10.2M admissions, or $79.3M; worldwide, the film has grossed over $1,2B. The American 3D flick "Home" was the only new entry to make it onto the top ten, pocketing 61K admissions over 514 screens for sixth. The film (which is based on Adam Rex's 2007 book "The True Meaning of Smekday") is already in the black in terms of its earnings worldwide having banked $344M (the film was made for $135M by DreamWorks Animation).

Han Jun-hee's "Coin Locker Girl" (starring Kim Hye-soo, Kim Go-eun, and Um Tae-goo) added just 2.8K (0.3%) to it cause (which now stands at $11M), and was closely followed by the American comedy drama "While We're Young" and its 2.3K. Lastly, the list of the weekend's top performers was rounded out by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's adaptation "Still Alice" starring Julianne Moore (1.6K), and the South Korean animated adventure "Dino Time" by Choi Yoon-seok-I and John Kafka (1.5K).

Last weekend's report: HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.15 - 2015.05.17

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2015.05.22 - 2015.05.24 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Mad Max: Fury Road"   672 768 1 839 752
2 Spy   560 856 649 393
3 "Chronicles of Evil" (악의 연대기) 2015/05/14 415 889 1 599 121
4 "The Treacherous" (간신) 2015/05/21 392 608 485 160
5 "The Avengers: Age of Ultron"   173 587 10 311 566
6 "Home"   134 416 144 154
7 "Coin Locker Girl" (차이나타운) 2015/04/29 8 566 1 466 778
8 "While We're Young"   6 713 49 369
9 "Still Alice"   4 068 102 161
10 "Dino Time" (다이노 타임) 2015/04/30 3 468 278 822
Korean movies only  
  "The Shameless" (무뢰한) 2015/05/27 3 062 5 693
  "Enemies In-Law" (위험한 상견례 2) 2015/04/30 1 075 471 699
  "Salut D'Amour" (장수상회) 2015/04/09 921 1 160 422
  "Alive" (산다) 2015/05/21 721 2 761
  "An Omnivorous Family's Dilemma" (잡식가족의 딜레마) 2015/05/07 508 4 811
  "Love Clinic" (연애의 맛) 2015/05/07 460 212 691
  "Makgeolli Girls" (막걸스) 2015/05/21 399 1 559
  "Glittering Hands" (반짝이는 박수 소리) 2015/04/23 171 3 708
  "Crown Princess Hong" (혜경궁 홍씨) 2015/06/04 160 160
  "The Admiral's Path" (명량: 장군의 길) 2015/05/07 150 7 845


- C.J. Wheeler (@WoolgatheristKoreaOnTheCouch)

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