|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|2||Fists of Legend||13/04/10||31.20%||478,858||676,820||724|
|4||G.I. Joe: Retaliation (us)||13/03/28||6.50%||103,867||1,784,578||344|
|5||Very Ordinary Couple||13/03/21||4.50%||69,005||1,795,791||288|
|7||Ploddy the Police Car (us/no)||13/04/11||1.60%||28,972||29,812||229|
Underwhelming in its debut was Fists of Legend, which only managed to draw in 478,858 spectators. Kang Woo-suk's male-oriented MMA flick is based on a popular webcomic and stars Hwang Jeong-min (New World), Yu Jun-sang (In Another Country) and Yoon Je-moon (Dangerously Excited). Director Kang has been a reliable hitmaker since Two Cops in the early nineties, but his most recent films have been exhibiting increasingly diminishing returns.
Dropping to number 3 was the Shin Ha-gyun (Save the Green Planet) action vehicle Running Man, notable for being the first Korean film entirely bankrolled by a Hollywood outfit, in this case 20th Century Fox. After a decent start, poor word of mouth has kicked in, halving the film's returns, as it could muster only 252,122 admissions in it sophomore frame. It has crossed 1 million but additional milestones seem unlikely.
The Kim Min-hee (Helpless) and Lee Min-ki (Quick) romantic drama Very Ordinary Couple also took a fall this weekend after collecting another 69,005 spectators as it shuffles out of theaters. The well-received film has made it close to the 2 million mark, a strong result.
Further down the chart, the popular indie Jiseul crossed the 100,000 mark on Friday, a rare feat for such a small film.
Next week will see the release of the controversial local film Norigae, which takes aim at sexual abuse within the industry. Though visibility is high, it is unclear how wide the film will open. Regardless, I am particularly curious to see how this performs. While I can't speak to its long-term chances, if it opens on a decent number of screens it should be in for a solid start, much like the similarly themed Silenced and Don't Cry Mommy, which have performed will recently. Azooma, another sex abuse film, will also be opening, though likely in limited release.
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 night (Korean Standard Time) on Modern Korean Cinema. For other weekly features, take a look at Korean Cinema News and the Weekly Korean Reviews. Reviews and features on Korean film also appear regularly on the site.