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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.10.14 ~ 2016.10.16

2016/10/17 | 597 views | Permalink

"Lucky.Key" opens its account and scores...

Lee Gye-byeok's sophomore film, "Lucky.Key", was officially released on Thursday and shot to the top by capturing 68.2% of the box office pie. Lee's drama, which stars Yoo Hae-jin, Lee Joon and Jo Yoon-hee, attracted 1.6 million filmgoers from 1,158 screens to dislodge Tim Burton's dark fantasy flick from pole position.

"The Beast and the Beauty", Lee's debut feature, attracted 1.3 million admissions back in 2005, and "Lucky.Key" has already surpassed that sum with 2 million ($14.7 million). Last weekend's number one, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children", Tim Burton's adaptation of Ransom Riggs' 2001 novel of the same name, saw its weekend haul drop from 660,695 admissions (35%) last to 272,281 (11%) here, bringing its bottom line in Korea now to $17.6 million (2.4 million admissions).

Fede Alvarez's horror "Don't Breathe" has received positive reviews from critics and its third weekend out in Korea yielded another 156,860 admissions (6.9%). The film entered in eighth at the end of September, moved up to second place during week two, and with the success of Lee's latest, "Don't Breathe" dipped to third as its total gross in Korea clicks over to $6.6 million (894,331 admissions).

This American horror also marked the watershed as its closest challenger, Sharon Maguire's "Bridget Jones's Baby", attracted significantly less attention (57,034 admissions) in this top-heavy weekend. The French-American action flick "Bastille Day", starring Idris Elba and Richard Madden, was not far behind Maguire's sequel; it arrived on Korea's cinema circuit on Thursday and 54,359 filmgoers (2.2%) came out in support over the weekend.

Ben Affleck's new film, "The Accountant", directed by Gavin O'Connor ("Tumbleweeds", "Pride and Glory", "Jane Got a Gun"), entered the fray in sixth with 39,220 (1.6%) from 375 screens. Critics and filmgoers have been harsh on Affleck's efforts, and to date, the film has grossed $27.5 million of the $44 million it took to produce (the film was released in American last Friday). Choi Seungho first film, "Spy Nation", a documentary that investigates the government's accusations of espionage against a civil servant, attracted 30,770 admissions (1.3%) from just 152 screens.

Last weekend's number three, Kim Seong-su's "Asura: The City of Madness" (starring Jung Woo-sung, Hwang Jung-min, Ju Ji-hoon and Kwak Do-won) fell five places to eighth with 27,237 admissions (1.1%), which brings its box office revenue now to $17.9 million (2.5 million admissions). "Sully", too, move towards the wrong end of the chart. Clint Eastwood's depiction of the heroic efforts of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger-who successfully completed an emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009 and saved the lives of the 155 passengers-fell from sixth to ninth with 23,161 admissions (1%), and the final slot went to the kids' animation "Geuk-jang-pan Peu-ri-pa-ra Mo-du Mo-yeo-ra! Peu-ri-jeum Tu-eo-jeu" with 13,917 (0.6%).

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2016.10.14 - 2016.10.16 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Luck.Key" (럭키) 2016/10/13 1 642 830 2 002 932
2 "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"   272 281 2 491 722
3 "Don't Breathe"   156 860 894 331
4 "Bridget Jones's Baby"   57 034 760 824
5 "Bastille Day"   54 361 70 050
6 "The Accountant"   39 220 48 719
7 "Spy Nation" (자백) 2016/10/13 30 770 58 244
8 "Asura: The City of Madness" (아수라) 2016/09/28 27 237 2 577 360
9 "Sully"   23 163 607 852
10 "Geuk-jang-pan Peu-ri-pa-ra Mo-du Mo-yeo-ra! Peu-ri-jeum Tu-eo-jeu" (劇場版プリパラ み~んなあつまれ!プリズム☆ツアーズ)   13 917 20 934
Korean movies only  
  "The Bacchus Lady" (죽여주는 여자) 2016/10/06 12 705 83 937
  "The Age of Shadows" (밀정) 2016/09/07 9 054 7 494 358
  "A Quiet Dream" (춘몽) 2016/10/13 5 069 7 189
  "The Net" (그물) 2016/10/06 2 326 54 239
  "Queen of Walking" (걷기왕) 2016/10/20 966 3 216
  "Duel: Final Round" (대결) 2016/09/22 952 32 278
  "The Map Against the World" (고산자, 대동여지도) 2016/09/07 578 973 656
  "Woojoo's Christmas" (우주의 크리스마스) 2016/10/13 425 1 241
  "The Last Princess" (덕혜옹주) 2016/08/03 323 5 597 055
  "Farewell My Love Part 3" (미워도 다시 한번 3, 1970) - Re-release   321 1 559

 - Chris Wheeler

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