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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.09.12 ~ 2014.09.14

"Tazza 2" keeps its roll going…


"Tazza: The Hidden Card" had a fantastic week and managed to extend its lead at the top of pile. Kang Hyeong-cheol's comedy drama attracted over 540K filmgoers (26.7%) over the weekend to move its total tally now to 3.1M ($24.6M), which makes it the ninth highest-grossing Korean film of 2014 having just overtaken Director Chang's "The Target". Kang's closest competition came in the form of the American musical drama "Begin Again" and its 351K (17.1%), but otherwise the top ten remained largely unchanged except for Frank Miller's neo-noir "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" creeping in at ten.

Last week Steven Quale's "Into the Storm" fought its way back to third having taken a tumble the weekend before. "Into the Storm" claimed 225K stubs to puts its new admissions total in Korea at 1.8M ($14.5M), and was closely tailed by Luc Besson's sci-fi action flick "Lucy" (225K – 11.3%). Last weekend "Lucy" say pretty in second place with over 621K to its name, and with the weekend's latest haul Bresson's latest now moves onto 1.7M admissions.

Lee Seok-hoon's popular period piece "Pirates" continued its slow decent out of favour as it slipped another spot to fifth. Lee's action adventure scored 205K (9.6%) from 464 screens to advance its total tally now to 8.3M ($61.8M). However "Pirates" still needs around another 300K to surpass "Miss Granny" as the second highest grossing Korean film of year.

Lee Jae-yong's touching family drama "My Brilliant Life" entered the fray on the third and has now amassed, with the additional 194K (8.8%) it scored over the weekend, over 1,4M admissions ($10.8M). "My Brilliant Life" also marks the watershed in this week's chart with our next entry, "Step Up: All In", only managing 95K admissions (4.4%) and remains unmoved in seventh.

In eighth, and also stubbornly staying put, came the unstoppable "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" by Kim Han-min. The film has managed to smash any and all records that came before its 30 July release, and has been doing a victory lap at the bottom half of the chart for the last two weeks. Kim's box office Champ added another 71K (3.3%) to bring its already gargantuan bottom line to 17.5M ($130M). Lastly, this past weekend's top ten was rounded out by "Maya The Bee 3D" (50 K) and neo-noir adaptation "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" (45K).


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] 2014.09.05 ~ 2014.09.07


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2014.09.12 - 2014.09.14 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Tazza: The Hidden Card" (타짜-신의 손) 2014/09/03 540 529 3 107 417
2 "Begin Again"   351 523 1 862 520
3 "Into the Storm"   225 121 1 887 517
4 "Lucy"   225 063 1 795 522
5 "Pirates" (해적: 바다로 간 산적) 2014/08/06 205 439 8 362 217
6 "My Brilliant Life" (두근두근 내 인생) 2014/09/03 194 269 1 481 136
7 "Step Up: All In"   95 684 491 460
8 "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" (명량-회오리바다) 2014/07/30 71 115 17 517 516
9 "Maya the Bee 3D"   50 554 212 313
10 "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For"   45 246 60 396
Korean movies only  
  "Hill of Freedom" (자유의 언덕) 2014/09/04 5 094 24 677
  "The King of Jokgu" (족구왕) 2014/08/21 3 949 30 921
  "The Wicked" (마녀) 2014/09/11 3 606 5 216
  "The Road Called Life" (메밀꽃, 운수 좋은 날, 그리고 봄봄) 2014/08/21 2 048 24 070
  "Love Match" (레쓰링) 2014/09/11 802 1 725
  "Night Flight" (야간비행) 2014/08/28 710 7 801
  "Golden Chariot in the Sky" (하늘의 황금마차) 2014/09/04 236 1 751
  "게이봉박두3: Some" (Gay Omnibus Vol. 3)   212 212
  "My Ordinary Love Story" (내 연애의 기억) 2014/08/21 100 46 775
  "Splendid but Sad Days" (순천) 2014/09/25 73 1 048



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