[HanCinema's News] "The Battle of Jangsari" Tops Weekend Box Office
By William Schwartz | Published on
According to figures released by the Korean Film Council "The Battle of Jangsari" won last weekend's competition at the box office. The war movie earned 689,686 admissions. This puts it significantly ahead of "By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture" with 275,680 admissions.
However, the movie's success is deceptive. "The Battle of Jangsari" was billed as a spiritual sequel to "Operation Chromite", which grossed over seven million admissions back in 2016. Producers had been planning on a full trilogy of Korean War era films with international casts, but the underwhelming performance of "The Battle of Jangsari" may have rendered the prospect of a third film moot.
"The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" continued its success at the box office in third place. The adaptation of the popular television drama "Bad Guys" will soon pass four and a half million admissions at the box office. While the crime film has done well, it is unlikely to outperform last year's highest performing film over Korean Thanksgiving weekend, "The Great Battle", as that war epic went on to gross over five million admissions.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.