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[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.01.06 ~ 2012.01.08


HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review

(2011.01.06 ~ 2012.01.08)

It has been four weeks at the top now for "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and the big budget espionage flick has banked a total of 6,243,796 admissions here in Korea. This past weekend saw it add 477,851 to that as the film continues to be a big crowd pleaser.

New to the charts is Kwon Chil-in's drama "Wonderful Radio" staring Lee Min-jung, Lee Jung-jin, Lee Kwang-soo, and Kim Jung-tae. In its first weekend out in theatres it managed to take second place with 281,296 admissions. Close behind this new Korean offering is "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" with 223,500, bringing it closer to the 2 million mark. Park Hee-gon's "Perfect Game" continues to hover in the top half and this week it does so with 133,580 admissions.

Takashi Yamazaki's "Friends: Naki on Monster Island" remains at number five with 118,342. The Japanese animation was released in its home country on 17 December and is based on the children's book "Naita Aka Oni" by Hirosuke Hamada. The most expensive Korea film to date is next, just scraping past the 2 millions admissions mark. "My Way" has been a huge disappointment and is unlikely to regain any of the ground it has lost while on circuit as its profitability continues to be challenged. Chris Gorak's "The Darkest Hour" is a new film out at seven with 82,684. In "The Darkest Hour" an alien race has attacked Earth and it is up to five young people to counter the invasion.

At number eight is the reworked Disney classic "Lion King 3D". This beefed-up version has thus far had 270,993 moviegoers relive the "Lion King" experience in glorious 3D. "Spellbound" follows with 46,231, putting it just short of 3 million admissions and "Pokémon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom" brings up the rear at ten with 30,116.

Final Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Week-end 2012.01.06 - 2012.01.08 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"   477,851 6,243,796
2 "Wonderful Radio" (원더풀 라디오) 2012/01/05 281,296 334,855
3 "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"   223,500 1,862,606
4 "Perfect Game" (퍼펙트 게임) 2011/12/21 133,580 1,155,313
5 "Friends: Naki on Monster Island" (friends もののけ島のナキ)   118,342 407,958
6 "My Way" (마이 웨이) 2011/12/21 112,905 2,002,323
7 "The Darkest Hour"   82,684 98,450
8 "Lion King 3D"   46,257 270,993
9 "Spellbound" (오싹한 연애) 2011/12/01 46,231 2,945,469
10 "Pokémon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom" (ビクティニと白き英雄 レシラム)   30,116 345,153
Korean movies only  
  "My Barefoot Friend" (오래된 인력거) 2011/12/15 378 2,970
  "Bleak Night" (파수꾼) 2011/03/03 139 22,350
  "Green Days: Dinosaur and I" (소중한 날의 꿈) 2011/06/23 120 51,195
  "King of Pigs" (돼지의 왕) 2011/11/03 118 18,782
  "Jam Docu KANGJUNG" (Jam Docu 강정) 2011/12/22 68 502

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