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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.10.10 ~ 2014.10.12


Stories remade and untold rise to the top...

Three new entries and a reshuffle at the top was the state of affairs over this past weekend. "My Love, My Bride - 2014", "Manhole", and "Dracula Untold" were the only new films to feature as both "Whistle Blower" and "Slow Video" surrendered the podium after only a week as the country's one and two. The top performer was the romantic comedy "My Love, My Bride - 2014", a remake of Lee Myeong's 1990 original that grabbed over 27% box office pie to top chart in its opening weekend.

"My Love, My Bride" (featuring Jo Jung-suk and Shin Min-ah) attracted 485K filmgoers across 629 screens, and was trailed by another newcomer: "Dracula Untold". This dark fantasy flick recounts the tale of "Vlad the Impaler", aka Dracula, in an action epic that has only just managed to keep its international earnings in the black. Koreans responding warmly, however, to the vamp's cold record thus far, and it claimed 339K victims across 477 screens; that's just under a fifth of the total tickets sold.

Last weekend's number one and two ("Whistle Blower" and "Slow Video") followed "Dracula Untold" with 260K and 159K respectively. Yim Soon-rye's true-life drama was once again able to keep ahead of Kim Yeong-tak's family comedy, but the gap has significantly increased from the 17K that separated them last weekend. Wes Ball's sci-fi action film "The Maze Runner" followed in fifth, adding another 153K to its new total of 2.5M ($18.1M), while the spinoff "Annabelle" (a coproduction between Warner Brothers and Korea) settle in sixth with 146K of its own.

The American musical drama "Begin Again" (with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo) fell just the one place to seventh, claiming 151K and moving its total now to 3.2M ($24.6M). "Begin Again" was released in Korea on the 13th August, and has been a constant feature in the top ten ever since. Eighth and ninth belonged to home team, with Shin Jae-young's "Manhole" and Yim Pil-sung's "Scarlet Innocence" scoring just over 5% between them. "Manhole", an urban thriller released last Wednesday, claimed 48K over 286 screens, while Pil-seong's melodrama fell four places with its allotted 41K. The weekend's top ten was the rounded out by the Japanese animation: "Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters: The Great Dinosaur Battle! Farewell Our Eternal Friends" on 38K (1.9%).


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] 2014.10.03 ~ 2014.10.05

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2014.10.10 - 2014.10.12 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "My Love, My Bride - 2014" (나의 사랑 나의 신부) 2014/10/08 485 241 787 525
2 "Dracula Untold"   339 555 555 429
3 "Whistle Blower" (제보자) 2014/10/02 260 893 1 258 867
4 "Slow Video" (슬로우 비디오) 2014/10/02 159 313 1 023 488
5 "The Maze Runner"   155 856 2 530 030
6 "Annabelle"   146 433 750 341
7 "Begin Again"   50 731 3 333 602
8 "Manhole" (맨홀) 2014/10/08 48 260 107 545
9 "Scarlet Innocence" (마담 뺑덕) 2014/10/02 41 339 425 570
10 "Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters: The Great Dinosaur Battle! Farewell Our Eternal Friends" (獣電戦隊キョウリュウジャーVSゴーバスターズ 恐竜大決戦!さらば永遠の友よ)   38 856 177 119
Korean movies only  
  "Tazza: The Hidden Card" (타짜-신의 손) 2014/09/03 28 278 3 970 512
  "Pirates" (해적: 바다로 간 산적) 2014/08/06 24 779 8 660 340
  "Jungle Shuffle" (정글히어로) 2014/10/02 7 306 65 631
  "One for All, All for One" (60만번의 트라이) 2014/09/18 613 19 119
  "The Road Called Life" (메밀꽃, 운수 좋은 날, 그리고 봄봄) 2014/08/21 522 29 579
  "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" (명량-회오리바다) 2014/07/30 430 17 606 664
  "The King of Jokgu" (족구왕) 2014/08/21 374 44 443
  "Hill of Freedom" (자유의 언덕) 2014/09/04 216 36 201
  "Let's Go To Rose Motel 3 - Wandering" (가자! 장미여관으로 3 - 방황) 2014/10/08 197 1 188
  "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant" (군도:민란의 시대) 2014/07/23 165 4 774 717


- C.J. Wheeler (chriscjw@gmail.comKoreaOnTheCouch)

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