Architecture 101 Finds Its Way to Number 1
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|4||John Carter (us)||3/8/12||5.00%||82,464||803,745||258|
|6||This Means War (us)||2/29/12||3.10%||49,381||824,206||173|
|9||Space Dogs 3D (ru)||3/22/12||1.20%||22,781||23,323||148|
|10||The Vow (us)||3/14/12||1.40%||21,712||227,764||210|
The new number one this week was the cross-generational romance film Architecture 101, from Lee Yong-ju, the director of the excellent K-horror Possessed (2009). The film took in 565,020 admissions this past weekend and a commanding one third of the total marketplace. Reviews are good so it may stick around but then again that's been the case for most of the recent spat of Korean films so it's hard to predict how this will continue down the line. It will also have a fresh local release to contend with in a few days time.
The surprise opener at number two was the French movie Untouchable, a remarkable little film that has become the most successful in that territory of the past few years. It's 393,639 haul is enormous for a non-US/Korean release although I was told that the marketing push for it was significant. This film has quickly been winning over audiences all around the world so it may catch on here and a week-on-week increase is not out of the question.
Dropping two spots was Helpless as it took a further 324,520 tickets in its third week. It has cleared the two million mark and will now be hoping to take down three before long. I imagine it has a good chance at this but given the last few months, where a number of successful films have suddenly faded away quickly, it will have to remain stable for a few more weeks to secure the milestone.
John Carter dropped one spot but nearly 60% for a 82,464 weekend. Disney has already accepted defeat on this picture as it was announced that they were writing it down to the tune of $200 million earlier this week.
In its sophomore week, Chronicle receded a hefty 70% for a poor 63,475. The high concept picture could still land just north of the half million mark but that's not much to write home about.
This Means War, now in its fourth week, actually went up one spot event though it lost 40% of its business. Its 49,381 weekend brings its total to a respectable 824,206.
After a dismal opening Russian Coffee has crumbled. It was off nearly 80% for a 32,084 take and now the $5 million picture will likely end up with less than 350,000 admissions.
Mark Whalberg's new action/thriller Contraband was a no-show as it debuted at number eight with a puny 30,446 tickets. Meanwhile Russian animation Space Dogs 3D made little impact at number nine with its 22,781 start. Rounding out the top 10 was the second week of The Vow which tumbled 80% after an already poor opening for a 21,712 frame.
The Ryoo Seung-beom and Lee Beom-su black comedy Over My Dead Body opens next week and stands a good chance of taking over the top spot, though Architecture 101 could hold it or Untouchable might sneak in and grab it. Another contender is Wrath of the Titans which follows Clash of the Titans, a sizable hit in Korea during 2010. I don't think that this one will go over as well but it may still be enough. Should be interesting to see which of these four take next week's crown!
The Korean Box Office Update is a weekly feature which provides detailed analysis of film box office sales over the Friday to Sunday period in Korea. It appears every Sunday evening or Monday morning (GMT+1) on Modern Korean Cinema. For other weekly features, take a look at Korean Cinema News and the Weekly Review Round-up. Reviews and features on Korean film also appear regularly on the site.
To keep up with the best in Korean film you can sign up to our RSS Feed, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.