Seven new films (five of which were local) entered the fray this past week as the country heads towards one of its most competitive times of the year. A string of national holidays-which includes Buddha's Birthday, Children's Day, and the upcoming presidential elections-will draw the crowds as many zero in on their nearest big screen to catch some of the season's cinematic hopefuls.
It was a close race between Park In-je's "The Mayor" and Moon Hyeon-seong's "The King's Case Note", but Park's sophomore feature (after "Moby Dick") came out on top with 32.34% of the sales. "The Mayor", stars Choi Min-sik as the Mayor of Seoul who's running for a third term when things take a toxic political turn for the worst on the campaign trail. From 1,150 screens, Park's timely drama claimed 592,815 admissions to secure the top spot.
Moon Hyeon-seong's debut film, "As One" (starring Ha Ji-won and Bae Doona), claimed 1.8 million admissions back in 2012; Moon's second feature, a Joseon-era, fish-out-of-water drama, opened its account with 513,201 admissions (27.71%). "The King's Case Note" stars Lee Sun-kyun and Ahn Jae-hong as the Joseon King and his chronicler on a quest to unravel a mystery that threatens the crown. The arrival and success of these two local dramas meant that last weekend's number one, the eighth instalment in the "Fast and Furious" series of films, "The Fate of the Furious", was denied a third-straight week in pole position.
Boasting an all-star action cast, which includes the likes of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Michelle Rodriguez, "The Fate of the Furious" recently crossed the billion-dollar mark worldwide; in Korea, since its release April 12, it has grossed $23.1 million, $2.5 million of which (349,071 admissions) came from this past weekend after its screen count was slashed from 1,283 to 711.
Fourth place went to Kelly Asbury's "Smurfs: The Lost Villiage" (the highest new foreign entry) with voice acting from Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello and Jack McBrayer. The new "Smurfs", a 3D animation from Sony Pictures Animation, registered 158,262 admissions (7.78%) from 607 screens in week one.
Go Dong-woo and Lee Dahl's "Theatrical Version Tobot : The Attack and of the Robot Army" managed 51,850 admissions from 231 screens around the country, followed by the highest-grossing foreign film of the year. Bill Condon's "Beauty and the Beast" (starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens) has been flying high in the chart ever since its release back in mid-March. And with the 38,253 admissions the remake claimed over this, the last weekend of April, the film moved its total tally in Korea to 5.09 million ($36.6 million).
"Daddy You, Daughter Me", Kim Hyeong-hyeop's directorial debut, fell five places to seventh with 33,718 admissions (1.71%), growing its bottom line to $4.3 million. Following Kim's family drama entered a local documentary by Hong Hyeon-jeong and Hong Joo-yeon. "Suh-Suh Pyoung, Slowly and Peacefully" tells the story of Elisabeth Johanna Shepping (the "Joseon Teresa"), a Christian missionary from Germany who dedicated her life to the service of others. This 78-minute film claimed 1.41% of the sales (28,298 admissions), or $190,786.
The final two places fell to the Japanese animation "Kuroko's Basketball The Movie LAST GAME" and the British historical drama "Denial" (based on Deborah Lipstadt's book "History on Trial") by director Mick Jackson. They claimed 9,336 admissions (0.47%) and 7,701 (0.41%) from 93 and 104 screens respectively
Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2017.04.28 - 2017.04.30 (www.kobis.or.kr)
|1||"The Mayor" (특별시민)||2017/04/26||598 745||904 416|
|2||"The King's Case Note" (임금님의 사건수첩)||2017/04/26||517 707||722 376|
|3||"Fast and Furious 8"||353 177||3 199 374|
|4||"Smurfs: The Lost Village"||158 302||159 858|
|5||"Theatrical Version Tobot : The Attack and of the Robot Army" (극장판 또봇: 로봇군단의 습격)||2017/04/27||51 850||57 195|
|6||"Beauty and the Beast"||38 280||5 094 139|
|7||"Daddy You, Daughter Me" (아빠는 딸)||2017/04/12||33 756||629 677|
|8||"Suh-Suh Pyoung, Slowly and Peacefully" (서서평, 천천히 평온하게)||2017/04/26||28 298||40 525|
|9||"Kuroko's Basketball The Movie LAST GAME" (Kuroko no Basket: Last Game)||9 336||14 752|
|10||"Denial"||7 762||11 383|
|Korean movies only|
|"The Sheriff In Town" (보안관)||2017/05/03||7 694||17 126|
|"The Plan - Documentary" (더 플랜)||2017/04/20||4 152||29 351|
|"Marianne and Margaret" (마리안느와 마가렛)||2017/04/20||3 967||18 375|
|"On the Beach at Night Alone" (밤의 해변에서 혼자)||2017/03/23||632||55 538|
|"The Prison" (프리즌)||2017/03/23||536||2 930 630|
|Kok! Anymation - [Section 3] Old but New: Music Variation (콕!애니 - [섹션3] Old but New : 변주)||448||494|
|"One Day" (어느날)||2017/04/05||355||234 589|
|"Blue Busking" (마차 타고 고래고래)||2017/05/18||274||274|
|Kok! Animation - [Section 1] Between: Between You and I (콕!애니 - [섹션1] Between : 너와 나의 사이)"||264||304|
|"Len's Sonata" (렌의 애가, 1969) - Re-release||240||1650|
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