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[HanCinema's Weekend Box Office Review] 2013.02.01 ~ 2013.02.03


HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review 

(2013.02.01 ~ 2013.02.03)

February is off with a bang as two Local favourites breached the million admissions mark, together making up more than 80% of this past weekend's ticket sales. Ryoo Seung-wan's action thriller "The Berlin File" led the charge with 1.53 million admissions (43.4% over 894 screens), followed by last weekend's choice film "Miracle in Cell No.7" with 1.36 million (37.5% over 866 screens). "The Berlin File" came out on the 30th and stars Ha Jung-woo, Han Suk-kyu, Ryoo Seung-bum and Jun Ji-hyun as a South Korean intelligence agent comes across an unidentified player while spying on a North Korean weapons deal in Berlin. Ryoo Seung-wan's last film was "The Unjust" back in 2010, an epic crime thriller than seemed to hit all the right notes. Ryoo will be hoping his latest will be able to emulate his last films popularity, and with already 2,24 millions admissions under the belt "The Berlin File" is set to do just that.

Last weekend's number one had to relinquish pole position, but not before adding 1,37 million admissions to its new total of 4.2 million. "Miracle in Cell No.7" was released on the 23rd and is still attracting a very healthy number of curious filmgoers. Unmoved at number three is Korea's favourite digital mascot in "Pororo, The Racing Adventure". The film held this same position last weekend with just under 300,000, but does so this week with just 223,531 admissions (6.2% over 387 screens). The second highest grossing Korean film of year is at three, "Man on the Edge" entered the charts at number one during its first weekend, only to be dislodged in its third weekend out by Lee Hwan-gyeong's prison drama. "Man on the Edge" is now approaching 4 million admissions, but with interest waning it is going to be grind hereon out.

The Oscar nominated animation "Hotel Transylvania" was able to stick around at number five. "Hotel Transylvania" was released half-way through January and has lingered in the top five ever since, however that shows just how top-heavy things have been in the charts as the film is only sitting on 868,382 admissions. The critically acclaimed French film "Les Misérables" has bloastered its total to 5,785,974 admissions, followed by the popular Japanese animated hero Detective Conan and a re-release of his 2004 film: "Detective Conan: Magician of the Silver Key". Detective Conan walked away with just 39,576 admissions over the weekend.

We are well into the bottom half now of Korea's most popular films where we find "Life of Pie" on 34,584. Despite being a huge crowd-pleaser internationally, Martell's adaptation has thus far only pieced together 617,916 admissions over its month-long run in Korea. "The Impossible" is down two places at nine, and the first weekend of February is rounded out by the Japanese animation "The Life of Guskou Budori", which is an adaptation of Kenji Miyazawa's popular fairy tale "Gusuko-Budori no Denki" which was published back in 1932. It claimed just 12,778 admissions over 113 screens.


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2013.02.01 - 2013.02.03 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "The Berlin File" (베를린) 2013/01/30 1 532 272 2 245 466
2 "Miracle in Cell No.7" (7번방의 선물) 2013/01/23 1 360 801 4 191 879
3 "Pororo, The Racing Adventure" (뽀로로의 슈퍼 썰매 대모험) 2013/01/24 223 532 659 046
4 "Man on the Edge" (박수건달) 2013/01/09 137 896 3 826 738
5 "Hotel Transylvania"   93 293 868 385
6 "Les Misérables"   62 422 5 785 971
7 "Detective Conan : Magician of the Silver Key" (名探偵コナン 銀翼の奇術師(マジシャン), 2004)   39 576 165 382
8 "Life of Pi"   34 585 1 550 726
9 "The Impossible"   25 772 617 916
10 "The Life of Guskou Budori" (グスコーブドリの伝記)   12 778 16 251
Korean movies only  
  "The Tower" (타워) 2012/12/25 9 436 5 176 424
  "My Dear Dad" (기러기 아빠, 1970) - Re-release   1 912 3 042
  "A Fish" (물고기) 2013/01/31 201 375
  "Sea of Butterfly" (나비와 바다) 2013/01/24 122 932
  "White Night - 2012" (백야) 2012/11/15 119 5 611
  "A Short Love Affair" (우묵배미의 사랑, 1990) - Re-release   89 880
  "My Little Hero" (마이 리틀 히어로) 2013/01/09 63 185 844
  "The Man and The Woman's Inside Story" (그 여자 그 남자의 속 사정) 2013/01/31 57 398
  "The Winter of the Year was Warm" (내가 고백을 하면) 2012/11/15 50 11 955
  "Beautiful, Miss Jin" (미스진은 예쁘다) 2013/03/__ 46 147

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