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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.02.12 ~ 2016.02.14


"A Violent Prosecutor" cruises to 8 million over Valentine's Day weekend...

Lee Il-hyeong's "A Violent Prosecutor" retained pole position after putting in another dominate performance at the box office. Last weekend the film capture 73.7% of the box office pie, and week two for Lee's hit saw it claim and additional 1.3 million admissions (61%) to move its bottom line now to 8 million admissions, or $53 million. That's an incredible effort as the film races towards the 10 million admissions mark in record time.

The third installment of the "Kung Fu Panda" series was once again its closest rival with 366 thousand admissions (15.9%) as it moved its total tally in Korea to 3.6 million ($24 million); worldwide, "Kung Fu Panda 3" has grossed over $256 million, a large chunk of which has come from Chinese theatres were the film is proving popular. The American superhero film "Deadpool" entered in third place with 88 thousand (4.4%). Tim Muller's much-anticipated action comedy was made for $58 million but has already banked over $260 million worldwide since its release in the states last week.

The Japanese adaptation "Aikatsu! The Movie" arrived in Korea last Thursday and over the weekend attracted 78.5 thousand to its screens (3.3%); the film is based on the popular anime series of the same name which was released in its home country mid-December. Last weekend's number four, Todd Haynes' "Carol" starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, fell just the one place to fifth by adding 75.2 thousand admissions to its cause. "Carol" has now made $1.5 million in Korea alone having sold 220 thousand admissions. Like "Aikatsu! The Movie", "Carol" was released late last year in its home country; but unlike that Japanese adaptation; the film had its premiere at Cannes last year.

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" tumbled three places to settle in sixth place with 60 thousand admissions (2.4%). Last weekend Walt Becker's film scored a podium finish with 70 thousand (2%), and with this weekend's figures, the film now moves onto 266 thousand ($1.6 million). Jo Geun-hyeon's fun fantasy flick "Bungaeman" was another new release that came out last week for the home team. Its first weekend out yielded 45 thousand stubs across 392 screens to settle in seventh.

The Australian film "The Dressmaker" by Jocelyn Moorhouse entered the fray in eighth place with 31 thousand admissions (1.4%), while the South Korea animation "The Strong and Mini Special Forces: Birth of a Hero" by Lee Yeong-joon fell four places to find itself in ninth with 21.8 thousand (0.9%). Finally, Valentine's Day weekend was rounded out by Lee Han's war drama "A Melody to Remember" which, with the 18.8 thousand it scored, has now crossed the million admissions mark.


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2016.02.12 - 2016.02.14 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "A Violent Prosecutor" (검사외전) 2016/02/03 1 357 676 8 045 010
2 "Kung Fu Panda 3"   366 514 3 688 060
3 "Deadpool"   88 006 88 591
4 "AIKATSU! The Movie" (劇場版アイカツ!)   78 498 100 566
5 "Carol"   75 224 220 186
6 "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip"   60 958 266 064
7 "Bungaeman" (번개맨) 2016/02/11 45 063 53 329
8 "The Dressmaker"   31 052 40 821
9 "The Strong and Mini Special Forces: Birth of a Hero" (최강전사 미니특공대 : 영웅의 탄생) 2016/02/04 21 846 109 009
10 "A Melody to Remember" (오빠 생각) 2016/01/21 18 857 1 058 780
Korean movies only  
  "SORI: Voice from the Heart" (로봇, 소리) 2016/01/27 18 479 465 998
  "Malice" (멜리스) 2016/02/11 4 944 7 926
  "Inside Men: The Original" (내부자들: 디 오리지널) 2015/12/31 3 187 2 082 727
  "The Himalayas" (히말라야) 2015/12/16 2 293 7 758 473
  "Bad Guys Always Die" (나쁜놈은 죽는다) 2016/02/04 1 578 14 336
  "My Wife Is A Hussy" (언니는 말괄량이, 1961) - Re-release   286 2 397
  "Cruel State" (나쁜 나라) 2015/12/03 276 21 015
  "DongJu, The Portrait of A Poet" (동주) 2016/02/17 269 3 422
  "Mood of the Day" (그날의 분위기) 2016/01/14 172 652 360
  "The Housemaid - 1960" (하녀) 2010/06/03 168 4 515

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