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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.10.13 - 2017.10.15

2017/10/16 | 390 views | Permalink

"The Fortress" crumbles as "The Outlaws" seize control...

Despite being narrowly outplayed last weekend by Hwang Dong-hyuk's historical drama "The Fortress", Kang Yoon-Sung's debut film, "The Outlaws" (starring Ma Dong-seok and Yoon Kye-sang), moved decisively to the top of the chart during its second weekend out.

From 1,127 screens, down from 1,315, Kang's action/crime film scored 942,711 admissions, or $7.1 million, just over 50% of the total weekend take. Hwang's fourth film (after "My Father", "Silenced" and "Miss Granny"), on the other hand, with 537 fewer screens this time around, saw its figures fall from 1.3 million admissions (33%) to just 204,366 (10.4%). Both films now have 3.6 million admissions to their name, with "The Outlaws" holding up a 50,000 stub lead.

The two highest new entries were next. "RV: Resurrected Victims", director Kwak Gyeong-taek's eleventh film, stars Kim Rae-won and Kim Hae-sook in a mystery thriller/horror about a mother who mysteriously comes back from the dead seven years after the fact to avenge her murder. The film arrived on Thursday to 770 screens nationwide and claimed 9.72% of the sales: 188,134 admissions.

"Blade Runner 2049", the sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 classic "Blade Runner" (which was itself an adaptation of Phillip K. Dick's sci-fi novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"), entered in fourth place with 156,975 admissions (8.84%), or $1.2 million. Close behind director Denis Villeneuve's efforts fell another foreign sequel. Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" arrived late September and broke the record for an R-rate release in Korea, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" has now grossed 4.8 million in Korea alone, 150,643 of which came from this past weekend; worldwide, Vaughn's slick slapstick sequel has made $264 million (the film cost $104 million to produce).

Three weekends ago Kim Hyun-seok's charming comedy-drama "I Can Speak" entered in first with 607,693 admissions (45.94%). Since then, and including the 96,046 it claimed here, Kim's sixth film (which stars Na Moon-hee alongside Lee Je-hoon) has grown its bottom line to $21.8 million (3.1 million admissions). The Japanese youth romance flick "My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday" by Takahiro Miki entered the fray in seventh with 43,914 admissions (2.35%), followed by three foreign animations, all of which fell three places from last weekend: "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" added 40,094 admissions (1.87%); "Deep" managed 14,727 (0.7%), and "Yo-Kai Watch Movie 3" walked away from the weekend with 5,862 (0.28%) from just 78 screens.

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2017.10.13 - 2017.10.15 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "The Outlaws" (범죄도시) 2017/10/03 951 738 3 673 523
2 "The Fortress" (남한산성) 2017/10/03 205 247 3 617 519
3 "RV: Resurrected Victims" (희생부활자) 2017/10/12 189 541 241 536
4 "Blade Runner 2049"   157 843 224 086
5 "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"   152 028 4 810 474
6 "I Can Speak" (아이 캔 스피크) 2017/09/21 96 379 3 140 961
7 "My tomorrow, your yesterday" (ぼくは明日、昨日のきみとデートする)   44 334 47 876
8 "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature"   40 098 356 709
9 "Deep"   14 727 218 437
10 "Yo-Kai Watch Movie 3" (映画 妖怪ウォッチ 空飛ぶクジラとダブル世界の大冒険だニャン!)   5 862 211 376
Korean movies only  
  "Man of Will" (대장 김창수) 2017/10/19 2 899 4 044
  "Becoming Who I Was" (다시 태어나도 우리) 2017/09/27 2 478 23 730
  "The Shower" (소나기) 2017/08/31 1 438 11 417
  "Dancesport Girls" (땐뽀걸즈) 2017/09/27 587 3 753
  "Suicide Made" (김광석) 2017/08/30 473 97 303
  "Daddy You, Daughter Me" (아빠는 딸) 2017/04/12 381 647 305
  "The Reservoir Game" (저수지 게임) 2017/09/07 260 124 667
  "Dongsimcho" (동심초, 1959) Re-released   244 5 208
  "Good Bye My Hero" (안녕 히어로) 2017/09/07 232 5 331
  "The Running Actress" (여배우는 오늘도) 2017/09/14 220 16 148

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