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2013/12/23 | | Permalink
All others were found wanting this past weekend as Yang Woo-seok's "The Attorney" put up a feverish 1.3M (45.2%) admissions ahead of the Christmas celebrations. Last week Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" was the flickering favourite, but the epic feature conceded defeat here as Yang's star-struck local drama ensured the year ended on a local high. The other domestic disturbances were Lee Hyeon-jong's racy romance "Catch Me", and an early favouring of Gong Yoo's first action outing: "The Suspect".
The second instalment of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" added 381,794 (13.2%) to its new bottom line of 1.6M ($12M); less than half of what it smuggled in last weekend and now skulks into second after Yang's attractive opening act. "The Attorney" outplayed Mr. B. Baggins and his adventuring entourage with a talented team of its own, employing the powerful prestige of this year's gold-fingered Song Kang-ho (who has already steered two showstoppers to glory: the French-born "Snowpiercer" and the dynastic "The Face Reader"), alongside further gems in Kim Yeong-ae ("Confession of Murder"), Oh Dal-soo ("Miracle in Cell No.7") and Kwak Do-won ("A Company Man"). "The Attorney" follows a civil rights lawyer through a landmark human rights case during Korea's tumultuous 1980s; a perhaps strange Christmas flick, but one that Korean audiences have lavishly lapped up in week one...More
A small hobbit racked up big sales at movie box offices during the weekend, generating an estimated $205 million at theaters around the world with the debut of the highly anticipated sequel, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug".
The second installment in the 3-D "Hobbit" film trilogy earned $73.7 million of its global haul in the United States and Canada, easily topping weekend movie charts.
The situation was the same in Korea, with the movie making more than 7.6 billion won ($7.2 million) from its release on Thursday to Sunday, taking a little more than 37 percent of the box office, according to the Korean Film Council...More
2013/12/16 | | Permalink
Peter Jackson's second instalment of Tolkien's "The Hobbit" gave the Korean box office a much-needed shot in the arm this past weekend. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" attracted 829,583 (37.2%) filmgoers over 809 screens to snatched first place from Bang Eun-jin's fourth film "Way Back Home", which claimed a substantial 614,297 (25.2%) of its own. The success of both these new features meant that last week's number one, Richard Curtis's "About Time", was relegated to third with just 475,200 (20.3%). Kim Hyeon-seok's "11 AM", Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2", and Hong Ji-young "Marriage Blue" were all quarantined to the bottom half as the foreign flicks dominated the upper echelons of the chart...More
The number one movie this week is "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"...More
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