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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.11 ~ 2014.07.13


Prime gives way to primates as a new king is crowned...

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", the sequel to the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", recently hit Korean shores and dislodged Bay's "Transformers" at the top of the pile. Matt Reeves' film captured more than 47% of the box office pie (1.3M admissions) over 919 screens to break the hat-trick "Transformers" was eyeing. Still, Bay's bombastic blockbuster held firm in third, while Jo Beom-goo's drama "The Divine Move" stayed umoved in second place with 925K (23%).

"The Divine Move", Jo Beom-goo's fourth feature, stars Jung Woo-sung, Lee Beom-soo, Ahn Sung-ki in a high-stakes action flick that involves underground gambling, revenge, and one of most complex board games around, Go. Jo Beom-goo's last film "Quick" (starring Lee Min-ki and Kang Ye-won) attracted more than 3.1M filmgoers back in 2011, and his latest is looking set to overtake those figures. The film had to confront some stiff competition in the form of the titanic "Transformers: Age of Extinction", as well as Reeves' popular sequel, but despite these foreign franchises the film made good use of its allocated 683 screens in week two and now has a total tally of over 2.3M ($19M).

"Transformers" may have slipped a couple places in the chart, but with its weekend's haul the big budget Hollywood flick now moves onto 4.9M admissions in Korea ($40.7M); making it the fourth highest grossing film of year having just overtaken "Edge of Tomorrow" and its 4.5M. However it's unlikely that Bay's latest will have the steam to propel it pass the 5.6M claimed by "The Attorney".

Third and fourth place were held by local features in the form of Lee Do-yoon's "Confession" and Oh In-chun's debut "Mourning Grave". "Confession", which stars Ji Sung, Ju Ji-hoon, and Lee Kwang-soo, was released on the tenth and opened its account over the weekend with 148K (5.4%). Last weekend Oh In-chun's opening act claimed third place with 216K, however week two for this high school horror saw it slip to fifth with 76K (2.4%). "Mourning Grave" has now attracted 458K ($3.3M) of Korea's summer crowds.

Following on from those two local favorites came William Eubank's sci-fi film "The Signal" starring Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, and Olivia Cooke. The film claimed 42K admissions (1.5%) and was followed by Kim Seong-hun's action drama "A Hard Day" in seventh. "A Hard Day" has been in the charts for an impressive six weeks now, during which the it's attracted over 3.4M filmgoers ($26.4M) to its cause. This, Kim's second feature, only just managed to outperform "Edge of Tomorrow" and its 18K--another foreign sci-fi whose hefty 4.6M makes it the fifth highest grossing film of year thus far. Lastly, the weekend was rounded out by the Israeli animation "VIPO : Adventures of the Flying Dog 2" (10K - 0.3%) and the critically acclaimed drama "Her" by Spike Jonze (4.9K - 0.1%).


What's coming out next week in Korea? [HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound...
Last weekend's report: [HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.04 ~ 2014.07.06


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2014.07.11 - 2014.07.13 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"   1 319 297 1 521 547
2 "The Divine Move" (신의 한수) 2014/07/03 621 323 2 358 816
3 "Transformers: Age of Extinction"   463 879 4 909 150
4 "Confession" (좋은 친구들) 2014/07/10 148 608 227 187
5 "Mourning Grave" (소녀괴담) 2014/07/03 76 371 458 106
6 "The Signal"   42 823 74 387
7 "A Hard Day" (무덤까지 간다) 2014/05/29 20 274 3 412 427
8 "Edge of Tomorrow"   18 662 4 675 469
9 "VIPO : Adventures of the Flying Dog 2"   10 747 11 893
10 "Her"   4 988 319 276
Korean movies only  
  "Gyeongju" (경주) 2014/06/12 931 61 024
  "No Tears for the Dead" (우는 남자) 2014/06/04 770 603 095
  "BLACKDEAL" (블랙딜) 2014/07/03 497 6 831
  "One Night Only" (원나잇온리) 2014/07/03 308 2 379
  "Desirable Taste" (그 참을 수 없는 맛) 2014/07/09 192 951
  "I Like Sexy Women" (나는 야한 여자가 좋다) 2014/07/10 182 942
  "Undercover Agent Park Munsu" (암행어사 박문수, 1962) - Re-release   181 181
  "Obsessed" (인간중독) 2014/05/14 150 1 441 914
  "Rainy Days" (숙희, 1979) - Re-release   101 476
  "You Are My Vampire" (그댄 나의 뱀파이어) 2014/06/12 97 3 051

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