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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.05.26 ~ 2017.05.28


Disney's Pirates and "Our President" rule the roost...

The fifth instalment of Walt Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean"-"Dead Men Tell No Tales", by directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg-arrived in Korea last Wednesday. From 1,328 screens around the country, producer Jerry Bruckheimer's latest spectacle captured 48.41% of the sales during its opening weekend. The 1.1 million admissions ($8.9 million) the film scored is the highest weekend take for the month of May, and the film is also the fourth consecutive foreign feature to enter in first in as many weeks.

The highest local entry went to "Our President", a 109-minute documentary by Lee Chang-jae. Lee's fourth feature attracted 510,167 admissions (20.57%) from 774 screens and was followed in third by Jordan Peele critically acclaimed directorial debut, "Get Out" (starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams). "Get Out", an American horror, entered the fray last weekend in first place with 39% of the sales (802,974 admissions). With the 402,607 admissions (16.44%) Peele's debt scored this past weekend, the film now moves its bottom line in Korea to $12.6 million (1.7 million admissions).

"The Merciless", written and directed by Byun Sung-Hyun ("Whatcha Wearin'?" and "The Beat Goes on"), fell two places to fourth with 111,133 admissions (4.54%), narrowly outplaying DreamWorks' "The Boss Baby"'s on 99,718 (3.74%). Since being released late March in America, "The Boss Baby" has grossed $476.2 million worldwide; it was produced for around $125 million. In addition to this weekend's number one and two, the only other new arrival was up next in sixth: from just 140 screens, the Japanese romantic fantasy "The 100th Love with You" by Sho Tsukikawa (and written by Satomi Oshima) earned $175,407 (23,630 admissions).

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" went straight to number one when it arrived in Korea May 3, but quickly fell to fourth the following weekend. For the past two weekends, however, Marvel's latest have steadily occupied seventh. Last weekend it did so with 129,651 admissions (6.21%), but it took just 22,264 (0.91%) to claimed the same position here. With its 2.7 million admissions ($20.8 million), "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is currently the seventh highest grossing film of the year, just behind "The Prison" ($21.2 million) and the Japanese blockbuster "Your Name" ($25.9 million).

Kim Hyeong-joo-II's "The Sheriff In Town" (starring Lee Sung-min, Cho Jin-woong and Kim Sung-kyun), his directorial debut, added 20,773 admissions (0.82%) from a dwindling screen count to move its total tally to 2.5 million ($18.5 million). Not far behind, and down an impressive six places from last weekend, was Guy Ritchie's epic fantasy "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" (Charlie Hunnam) on 20,035 (0.76%). "Alien: Covenant", Ridley Scott's sequel to his 2012 film "Prometheus", entered in first mid-May, but two weeks later the sixth instalment in the popular "Alien" series of sci-fi horror films is teetering in tenth with 15,804 admissions (0.63%).

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2017.05.26 - 2017.05.28 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"   1 155 406 1 526 634
2 "Our President" (노무현입니다) 2017/05/25 510 174 596 237
3 "Get Out"   402 607 1 722 815
4 "The Merciless" (불한당: 나쁜 놈들의 세상) 2017/05/17 111 133 846 259
5 "The Boss Baby"   99 720 2 340 543
6 "The 100th Love With You"   23 630 30 132
7 "Guardians of the Galaxy VOL. 2"   22 264 2 722 334
8 "The Sheriff In Town" (보안관) 2017/05/03 20 773 2 575 559
9 "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"   20 035 408 203
10 "Alien: Covenant"   15 804 1 296 445
Korean movies only  
  "Biting Fly" (쇠파리) 2017/05/25 1 930 3 913
  "Suh-Suh Pyoung, Slowly and Peacefully" (서서평, 천천히 평온하게) 2017/04/26 1 868 98 236
  "Super Bernard: Spy Adventures" (슈퍼 빼꼼: 스파이 대작전) 2017/05/03 1 399 98 024
  "Sound of Nomad: Koryo Arirang" (고려 아리랑: 천산의 디바) 2017/05/25 664 2 233
  "Warriors of the Dawn" (대립군) 2017/05/31 636 5 391
  "Jane" (꿈의 제인) 2017/05/31 474 1 583
  "The Tooth and the Nail" (석조저택 살인사건) 2017/05/09 432 350 311
  "The King's Case Note" (임금님의 사건수첩) 2017/04/26 300 1 632 885
  "Power Battle Watchcar: The Counterattack of Watch Mask" (파워배틀 와치카: 와치가면의 역습) 2017/06/01 300 1 361
  "The Villainess" (악녀) 2017/06/08 274 274

- Christopher Wheeler

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