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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.04.07 ~ 2017.04.09

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"Beauty and the Beast" holds off "The Prison" to secure its fourth weekend at the top...

For the fourth straight weekend, Bill Condon's update on Disney's 1991 classic "Beauty and the Beast" (starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens) has remained Korea's film of choice. The 347,085 admissions (26.96%) it claimed over the weekend pushes its total tally in Korea now 4.6 million ($33.2 million), making it the highest-grossing foreign film of the year, as well as the third highest overall ("Confidential Assignment" and "The King" are one and two respectively). Worldwide, "Beauty and the Beast" has grossed nearly a billion dollars.

Nah Hyeon's crime film "The Prison" arrived a week after Condon's re-imagining and has remained in close second for the past three weeks (the gap between "Beauty and Beast" and "The Prison" has not been more than 150,000 admissions). Nah Hyeon's directorial debut claimed 19.92% of the sales (249,853 admissions), moving its total tally now to 2.6 million, or $19 million, and is also the fifth highest-grossing film of the year behind the Japanese hit "Your Name" (3.6 million).

Third and fourth when to two new foreign arrivals: the sci-fi horror flick "Life" by Daniel Espinosa, and Lee Yoon-ki's new drama "One Day" (starring Kim Nam-gil and Chun Woo-hee). "Life"-"We were better off alone"-had 647 screens from which to pool from and managed 18.71% (234,674) during its first weekend out, while Lee's latest claimed 8.42% (109,605) from 532 screens around the country. "One Day" is Lee's eight feature film; he previous works include "A Man and A Woman" (2015), "Come Rain Come Shine" (2011), and "My Dear Enemy" (2008).

Hollywood's remake of Masamune Shirow's "Ghost in the Shell" (starring Scarlett Johansson) fell two places to fifth. The film grabbed just over 20% of the sales last weekend (which was enough for a podium finish), but only managed 5.47% over this, its second weekend; those 68,722 admissions pushed "Ghost in the Shell"'s total ticket count to 735,284 ($5.3 million). Im Dae-woong's new horror was up next: from 452 screens, "House of the Disappeared" captured the interest of 61,906 filmgoers. Im's previous work includes "To Sir, With Love" (2006), a short story in the first "Horror Stories" anthology, and "The Guest" (a Korea-China co-production) is due for release later this year.

Yang Kyeong-mo-I's debut film "One Line", a crime drama starring Im Si-wan, Jin Goo, Park Byung-eun, Lee Dong-hwi and Kim Sun-young-III, moved three places down the order to settle in seventh with 3.85% of the sales (50,899 admissions), growing its bottom line now to $2.7 million (412,610 admissions). The Oscar-nominated "Hidden Figures" (based on Margot Lee Shetterly non-fiction book of the same name) added 42,378 to its total (3.35%), and the second weekend of April was rounded out by two new foreign flicks: "Patriots Day" and the Mexican-American animation "El Americano: The Movie". Peter Berg's "Patriots Day" is based on the Boston Marathon bombing and stars Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, and J. K. Simmons. From 374 screens, the film captured 36,906 admissions (2.79%), followed in tenth by "El Americano" with 14,396 from 288 screens.

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2017.04.07 - 2017.04.09 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Beauty and the Beast"   347 090 4 620 467
2 "The Prison" (프리즌) 2017/03/23 249 858 2 675 584
3 "Life"   234 674 331 180
4 "One Day" (어느날) 2017/04/05 109 605 162 913
5 "Ghost In The Shell"   68 722 735 284
6 "House of the Disappeared" (시간 위의 집) 2017/04/05 61 906 97 867
7 "One Line" (원라인) 2017/03/29 50 898 412 609
8 "Hidden Figures"   42 378 365 755
9 "Patriots Day"   36 906 57 826
10 "El Americano: The Movie"   14 396 18 039
Korean movies only  
  "On the Beach at Night Alone" (밤의 해변에서 혼자) 2017/03/23 2 947 48 320
  "Cherry Blossoms, Again" (다시, 벚꽃) 2017/04/06 2 703 4 435
  "Ordinary Person" (보통 사람) 2017/03/23 2 442 381 402
  "Daddy You, Daughter Me" (아빠는 딸) 2017/04/12 2 169 4 193
  "Seong Chun-Hyang" (성춘향, 1961) - Re-release   283 7 660
  "Obedience" (순종) 2016/11/17 235 58 574
  "Bluebeard" (해빙) 2017/03/01 201 1 203 759
  "One Step" (원스텝) 2017/04/06 197 1 472
  "New Trial" (재심) 2017/02/15 159 2 420 447
  Indie Picnic 2017 - Short Film 5 (Night of Confusion, Memories of Commotion) (인디피크닉2017-단편5 <혼돈의 밤, 소동의 기억>)   143 143

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