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[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.03.02 ~ 2012.03.04

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HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review

(2011.03.02 ~ 2012.03.04)

Chung Ji-young's "Nameless Gangster" once again is forced to surrender the top spot as the new Korean romance film "Love Fiction" steels the show. Directed by Jeon Gye-soo and starring Ha Jeaong-woo and Gong Hyo-jin, "Love Fiction" outshined all this past weekend with 567 533 admissions and just under 40% of the ticket sales. With the expectation of "Love Fiction", this week's top ten is largely dominated by foreign entries, including Martin Scorsese's awarding winning "Hugo".

"This Means War" is a spy comedy that pits two CIA agents against each other when they realise that they are dating the same women. The film stars Reese Witherspoon as the love interest, with Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as her suitors. "This Means War" captured 13.90% and 212,387 admissions. Despite moving down this week, "Nameless Gangster" is still sitting pretty at number three with 194,585, bringing its glorious run to a total of 4,399,127 admissions since its release in early February. Song Kang-ho is hoping that this week's number four, "Howling", will perform better than his previous film "Hindsight". "Howling" now has 1,531,667 admissions since its release in mid-February.

"Man on a Ledge" drops two places to drift into five with 70,935, and Daniel Espinosa's "Safe House" follows with 70 148. "Act of Valor" brought in an unremarkable 54 371 as the Korea crowds largely ignored the foreign action-orientated flicks that came out.

"Dancing Queen" has been a huge success and is still in the top ten despite being released back in mid-January. "Dancing Queen" added 51 315 to its total of 3 966 611, bring it just shy of the four million mark. Looking at 2011 top Korea films, those numbers put "Dancing Queen" somewhere between "Silenced" and "Quick". "Legends of Valhalla: Thor" is next with 42,211, marking its fourth week in the top ten. Lastly, Martin Scorsese's Oscar winner "Hugo" is at ten with 22,400.

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Week-end 2012.03.02 - 2012.02.3.04 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Love Fiction" (러브픽션) 2012/02/29 567 533 1 013 536
2 "This Means War"   212 391 337 153
3 "Nameless Gangster" (범죄와의 전쟁 : 나쁜놈들 전성시대) 2012/02/02 194 585 4 399 127
4 "Howling" (하울링) 2012/02/16 103 240 1 531 667
5 "Man on a Ledge"   70 935 546 532
6 "Safe House"   70 148 115 418
7 "Act of Valor "   54 371 99 208
8 "Dancing Queen" (댄싱퀸) 2012/01/18 51 315 3 966 611
9 "Legends of Valhalla: Thor"   42 211 717 099
10 "Hugo"   22 400 40 418
Korean movies only  
  "Speckles: The Tarbosaurus" (점박이: 한반도의 공룡 3D) 2012/01/26 20 103 1 012 615
  "Helpless" (화차) 2012/03/08 4 522 4 522
  "Unbowed" (부러진 화살) 2012/01/18 4 164 3 421 747
  "Welcome Back to Beast Airline" (비스트 앵콜 콘서트 3D) 2012/02/29 4 021 16 254
  "Gabi" (가비 - 加比) 2012/03/15 746 1 152
  "Stateless Things" (줄탁동시) 2012/03/01 556 1 665
  "Eighteen and Nineteen" (열여덟,열아홉) 2012/03/01 435 954
  "Bolts and Blip - Movie" (볼츠와 블립) 2012/02/23 332 14 110
  "The Angel's Breath" (천사의 숨소리) 2012/02/23 296 1 603
  "Bleak Night" (파수꾼) 2011/03/03 279 22 958
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