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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.02.19 ~ 2016.02.21


"Deadpool" dislodges "A Violent Prosector" at the top...

For the past two weeks Lee Il-hyeong's crime drama "A Violent Prosecutor" has been flying high atop Korea's box office, but week three for Lee's blockbuster saw that string of pole positions broken by the latest superhero film to come our of Marvel Studios.

Tim Miller's "'Deadpool" had over a thousand screens from which to pool and attracted over a million filmgoers ($7.4 million, 43.5%) during its first weekend out. The film was released three days after Valentine's Day and has already it's raced to 1.7 million admissions ($11.6 million); worldwide, "Deadpool" has grossed just under half a billion.

"A Violent Prosector" has vaulted to 9 million admissions in just three weeks, 452 thousand of which came from this past weekend (17.2%). Last weekend the film claimed the top spot with 61% of the box office pie across 1,648 screens (the weekend before was even better with $73.7% from 1,706) but saw its screens slashed down to 741 here as it approaches ten million admissions.

There wasn't too much between third and fourth place: Walt Disney's "Zootopia" was next with 327 thousand coming out in support (12%), followed by another newcomer in the form of Park Hyeon-jin's romantic comedy "Like for Likes" starring Lee Mi-yeon and Choi Ji-woo (320 thousand, 12.2%). Sixth place was, however, the watershed as the tallies started to taper off somewhat starting with another new local entry: Lee Joon-ik's "DongJu, The Portrait of A Poet" starring Kang Ha-neul and Park Jung-min.

Lee has directed such films as "The Throne" (2014), "Battlefield Heroes" (2010), "Blades of Blood" (2010), as well as the period blockbuster "The King and the Clown" (2005). This, his tenth film, walked away from its first weekend out with $1.1 million to show for itself (229 thousand admissions, 6.6%).

The third installment in the "Kung Fu Panda" series of films was next. "Kung Fu Panda 3" was released in Korea late January and has now grossed just under $25 million in Korea alone. The film was made for an estimated $145 million, and so far this popular animated comedy has banked $294.2 million worldwide. For the past two weeks, the film has been sitting pretty in second place but took a four-place tumble to sixth here having claimed just 97.9 thousand (3.5%).

The British biographical film "The Danish Girl" by Tom Hooper occupied seventh with 36 thousand stubs going its way (1.4%), its first weekend out, followed by Todd Haynes' romantic drama "Carol" starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Lastly, February's penultimate weekend was rounded out by the Japanese anime "AIKATSU! The Movie" on 15.8 thousand (0.5%) and the Mexican animation "A Rooster With Many Eggs" with 13 thousand (0.4%).

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2016.02.19 - 2016.02.21 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Deadpool"   1 064 005 1 703 649
2 "A Violent Prosecutor" (검사외전) 2016/02/03 452 076 9 036 528
3 "Zootopia"   327 038 419 714
4 "Like for Likes" (좋아해줘) 2016/02/17 320 433 476 798
5 "DongJu, The Portrait of A Poet" (동주) 2016/02/17 178 427 229 595
6 "Kung Fu Panda 3"   97 964 3 896 516
7 "The Danish Girl"   36 256 53 061
8 "Carol"   18 421 278 900
9 "AIKATSU! The Movie" (劇場版アイカツ!)   15 845 129 914
10 "A Rooster with Many Eggs" (Un gallo con muchos huevos)   13 000 22 223
Korean movies only  
  "Bungaeman" (번개맨) 2016/02/11 4 323 63 791
  "The Strong and Mini Special Forces: Birth of a Hero" (최강전사 미니특공대 : 영웅의 탄생) 2016/02/04 2 316 114 792
  "SORI: Voice from the Heart" (로봇, 소리) 2016/01/27 1 568 475 325
  "Spirits' Homecoming" (귀향) 2016/02/24 1 167 10 733
  "Pure Love - Movie" (순정) 2016/02/24 573 20 775
  "A Melody to Remember" (오빠 생각) 2016/01/21 499 1 067 485
  "Winter Wanderer" (겨울나그네, 1986) - Re-release   254 3 370
  "Tayo the Little Bus Movie: Rescue My Friend Ace" (극장판 꼬마버스 타요의 에이스 구출작전) 2016/01/21 249 130 432
  "Heroes of Dokdo" (독도의 영웅) 2016/02/18 215 323
  "Malice" (멜리스) 2016/02/11 102 10 073

- C.J. Wheeler (@Woolgatherist)

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