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[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.09.07 ~ 2012.09.09

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HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review 

(2012.09.07~ 2012.09.09)

Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy" marks the first foreign film at number one since "The Dark Knight Rises" at the end of July. The peak of the Korean summer has bee dominated by local releases, but not this weekend. With close on 30% of the ticket sales going to Gilroy's popular action thriller, "The Bourne Legacy" snapped up the ticket sales with 523,776 admissions in 588 screenings around the country. Last week's top pick was demoted to second, as Kim Hong-seon's "The Traffickers" had to settle for 303,537 and second place.

"The Traffickers" now sits on a total of 1,316,634 admissions since its release two weeks ago, almost being outdone by another Hollywood sequel: "The Expendables 2". Riding off the coat tails of some the most iconic cinema heroes and anti-heroes, "The Expendables 2" boasts some bigs names when it comes to action flicks. In its opening weekend on the peninsula that film collected 241,415 (13.3%) admissions and was closely followed by last week's number two "Neighbors" by Kim Hwi.

"The Grand Heist" also fell a couple of places, slipping from last week's number two film to this weekend's number five. This historical comedy has already amassed a very healthy 4,834,100 admissions, despite never quite being able to step up to the number one. At number six is the hottest film of the year so far "The Thieves" with 12,837,050 admissions in the bank. Kim Ki-duk has done it again with his new film "Pieta" which recently walked away with the top prize from the Venice Film Festival. It was awarded the "Golden Lion" and this is the first time a Korean director has managed such a accomplishment. Kim Ki-duk's awarding winning film sold 58,468 tickets in its home country over the course of its first weekend out in circuit.

At number eight is "Step Up Revolution 4" with 45,473 (2.5%), it has been five weeks on the top ten for this one and during that time it has managed to almost crack the million admissions mark. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" falls four places to settle at number nine, and the top ten a rounded out by the Belgium animations "Sammy's Adventures 2" which now has 1,454,392 as a result of its six weeks out in Korea.

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2012.09.07 - 2012.09.09 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "The Bourne Legacy"   523 776 620 191
2 "The Traffickers" (공모자들 ) 2012/08/29 303 537 1 316 634
3 "Expendables 2"   241 415 279 234
4 "Neighbors" (이웃사람) 2012/08/22 206 890 2 299 107
5 "The Grand Heist" (바람과 함께 사라지다) 2012/08/08 144 211 4 834 100
6 "The Thieves" (도둑들) 2012/07/25 129 214 12 837 050
7 "Pieta" (피에타) 2012/09/06 58 468 68 497
8 "Step Up 4"   45 473 931 849
9 "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"   31 866 333 393
10 "Sammy's Adventures 2" (새미의 어드벤쳐 2)   14 750 1 454 392
Korean movies only  
  "Wedding Scandal" (웨딩스캔들) 2012/09/06 14 497 17 245
  "R2B: Return to Base" (R2B: 리턴투베이스) 2012/08/15 10 358 1 199 022
  "Project 577" (577 프로젝트) 2012/08/30 6 389 90 385
  "The Ugly Duckling" (미운 오리 새끼) 2012/08/30 2 533 44 538
  "Grape Candy" (청포도 사탕: 17년 전의 약속) 2012/09/06 463 545
  "Masquerade" (광해, 왕이 된 남자) 2012/09/13 324 6 783
  "2 Doors" (두 개의 문) 2012/06/21 220 71 628
  "Wanderer in Winter" (겨울나그네, 1986)   207 528
  "I Am a King" (나는 왕이로소이다) 2012/08/08 98 790 078
  "Katuri - A Story of a Mother Bird"   95 19 115

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