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Most Watched Film in South Korean History Lands in U.S. with Successful Opening Weekend

2014/08/19 | 718 views | Permalink

"The Admiral: Roaring Currents" Tops Big Blockbusters – "Guardians of the Galaxy", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - in Per-Screen Average

Epic Historical War Film Becomes the Most Watched Film of All time in South Korea with over 14 Million Admissions

South Korea's record shattering epic – "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" - had an extremely strong opening this past weekend in the U.S., while back in Korea it became the most watched film in the counties cinematic history by tallying admissions of over 14 million.

Since its humble 30 screen opening this past weekend in the U.S., "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" has earned $687,000 pushing the film in top 20 at the box office. The per screen average for "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" was $18,744 placing it in 2nd, ahead of mega-blockbusters like "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Teen Age Mutant Ninja Turtles". The South Korean film is #4 among top engagements in the U.S. and Canada thanks in part to a slew of sold-out showings at the CGV Cinema in Los Angeles.

The success of "The Admiral" stateside follows dominance in its home country. This past weekend in South Korea, the film became the most watched film of all time, sailing to 14.22 million in admissions and taking the crown from James Cameron's "Avatar", which held the record at 13.62 million. In South Korea, a country with the population of 50 million, "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" opened July 30.

Prior to the debut of "The Admiral", the last time the U.S. saw such success from a Korean movie was "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring" (2004), from director Kim Ki-duk's , which opened in over 160 theaters with an opening weekend box office earning of $357,495. "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" is only playing in 30 theaters and has almost doubled that record.

Critical Acclaim:

"The sea battles are absolutely epic, more realistic and thrilling than John Woo's 2008 Red Cliff or even Peter Weir's 2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World", writes Martin Tsai of the LA Times.

The Hollywood Reporter's Justin Lowe writes "Admiral Yi is as likely to achieve mythic status on-screen as he has in historic accounts".
The Admiral: Roaring Currents is currently playing at 32 theaters including Fullerton,
San Francisco, New York, New Jersey, Boston, Virginia, Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, Hawaii, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Tempe, and more. The film will open in additional theaters on August 22nd at New York (College Point) and Anchorage. For showtimes please visit or the official Facebook page at


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