Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Korean Box Office: About Time Tops Slow Weekend

Slow weekend for local releases with only 26% of the 1.62 million admissions going to domestic industry. Things were much rosier this time last year with 75% of 1.95 million admissions going to Korean films.

TitleRelease DateMarket ShareWeekendTotalScreens
1About Time (uk)12/5/1329.50%477,262569,878568
2Insidious: Chapter 2 (us)12/5/1313.30%225,734273,148405
311:00 AM11/28/139.40%158,976784,348415
4Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (us)11/21/138.60%153,167664,905409
5Marriage Blue11/21/137.80%128,6801,097,786358
6Escape Plan (us)12/5/136.80%112,354133,194287
7Hunger Games: Catching Fire (us)11/21/135.90%98,0671,050,799315
8Friend 211/14/134.90%78,3922,920,249331
10Ohsin (jp)12/5/131.30%22,57758,485233

Working Title had a strong opening with their new romantic film About Time which scored 477,262 admissions. Later this month, the company's 2003 hit Love Actually will go on release in Korea. Horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 also opened well with 225,734, a significant improvement on its 2011 predecessor.

Looking at holdovers, local sci-fi 11:00 AM dived 58% for 158,976 admissions and is now in serious danger of missing the one million mark, a very disappointing result. Animated sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 dipped just 20% for 153,167. Closing out the top five was omnibus romcom Marriage Blue with 128,680 as it crossed the one million mark.

Next week, hotly anticipated local release Way Back Home, from director Pang Eun-jin and starring Jeon Do-yeon and Ko Soo, will go head to head with the second installment of The Hobbit. The first was a reasonable success with almost three million admissions but local competition from Jeon Do-yeon and co. will be stiff.

Source: KOBIS

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