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Monday, February 16, 2015

Korean Box Office: DETECTIVE K 2 Opens Over Original (2015 WK 7)


By Pierce Conran

2.25 million spectators shuffled into theaters during the weekend before the Lunar New Year holiday, which was better than last week but still far behind the comparable weekend last year, when Frozen and Miss Granny led the market. Local films maintained a slim majority with a 50.7% screening share.


Title Market Share Weekend % Change Total Screens Screenings
1
32.5%
729,609
NEW
961,542
811
11,985
2
Kingsmen: The Secret Service (UK)
25.5%
547,387
NEW
713,546
706
8,626
3
9.7%
216,680
-59.5%
1,091,764
522
6,036
4
Big Hero 6 (US)
6.1%
141,291
-60%
2,475,836
434
2,922
5
Stand By Me Doraemon (JP)
5.7%
139,638
NEW
157,151
432
2,541
6
5.3%
120,883
-47.1%
13,352,034
418
3,264
7
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (US)
3.6%
88,716
NEW
103,503
330
1,631
8
Detective Conan: Missing Conan Edogawa Case (JP)
2.9%
69,886
NEW
80,145
187
915
9
The Seventh Son (CA, CH, UK, US)
2.2%
48,006
NEW
74,742
358
3075
10
1.4%
29,857
-79.7%
2,167,222
209
1145

Faring better than last week's C'est si bon, Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island posted a more convincing debut with 729,609 admissions ($5.31 million). That's about 15% higher than the original's first frame in 2011. The real test will be to see if sequelitis affects it in the weeks ahead but it'll have plenty of opportunities to fill up its coffers over the upcoming five-day holiday weekend (Wed-Sun).

Also opening well was the British spy action-comedy Kingsmen: The Secret Service. 547,387 viewers ($4.17 million) bought tickets over the weekend and reservations are looking strong for the coming week.

The much-hyped period melo C'est si bon crashed 60% in its sophomore frame after what was already a weak debut. The film added 216,680 spectators ($1.59 million) over the weekend and is now at 1.09 million admissions ($7.84 million) in total. A sub 2 million finish seems likely.

Also dropping two spots was Big Hero 6 with 141,291 viewers ($990,132) for a solid 2.48 million total ($17.69 million). Another animation, a new addition to the Japanese Doraemon franchise, opened below it with 139,638 admissions ($936,622).

After a 47% drop, Ode to My Father was just behind with 120,883 admissions ($872,511), lifting its total to 13.35 million ($94.08 million). Tellingly, the CJ title lost few of its theaters.

All statistics come from the Korean Film Council's KOBIS box office tracking service.


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