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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.10.17 ~ 2014.10.19


"My Love, My Bride" enjoys another weekend at the top...

Lee Myung-se and Lim Chang-sang's remake "My Love, My Bride – 2014" retained pole position over the weekend and in the process moved its total tally onto 1.4M admissions ($10.6M). Last week a number of Korean features scored a top ten finish, but of those new entries only "My Love, My Bride – 2014", "Whistle Blower", and "Slow Video" remained competitive in the chart, while Shin Jae-young's "Manhole" and Yim Pil-sung's "Scarlet Innocence" fell promptly out of favour.

"My Love, My Bride – 2014" claimed 396K (28.3%) over 596 screens to once again occupy first place, with the action fantasy "Dracula Untold" following in second with 260K (19%) going its way. Yim Soon-rye's "Whistle Blower", which tells the story of 'Dr Lee' and his questionable reports on stem-cell research, held onto third by attracting 170K (11.8%) to its screens. The top three retained their position from last weekend despite the shuffling that went on below them, and together captured over 59% of the box office pie.

Bill Granger's spy thriller "The November Man", starring Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, and Olga Kurylenko, was the highest new entry in fourth, and from its 395 screens "The November Man" attracted 127K filmgoers (8.8%) to its cause. Not far off Granger's canonical creation came "The Maze Runner" with 109K (7.4%), a popular young adult adventure that has thus far earned over $19.3M (2.6M admissions) in Korea. In sixth place stood the French comedy "Serial (Bad) Weddings" by Phillippe de Chauveron. Chauveron's film claimed 84K admissions (5.9%) over 343 screens in its first week out, and was closely tailed by the "Annabelle", a co-production between Korean and Warner Bros., with 76K (5.1%). 

Last weekend Kim Yeong-tak's comedy "Slow Video" managed to enter the fray in fourth with 159K, but its second weekend saw it slump to eighth with just 58K (3.9%) in the kitty. "Slow Video"'s latest performance meant that it crosses the million admissions mark with its new total tally of 1.1M ($8.1M). Lastly, the weekend was rounded out by John Carney's popular comedy drama "Begin Again" (58K), a film made for just $9M that has already grossed over $60M worldwide, and the Japanese animation "Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters: The Great Dinosaur Battle! Farewell Our Eternal Friends" claimed tenth with 17.5K.


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] 2014.10.10 ~ 2014.10.12


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2014.10.17 - 2014.10.19 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "My Love, My Bride - 2014" (나의 사랑 나의 신부) 2014/10/08 396 159 1 441 892
2 "Dracula Untold"   260 588 979 867
3 "Whistle Blower" (제보자) 2014/10/02 170 685 1 555 712
4 "The November Man"   127 409 159 488
5 "The Maze Runner"   109 410 2 697 661
6 "Serial Bad Weddings (Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?)"   83 992 106 030
7 "Annabelle"   76 292 882 504
8 "Slow Video" (슬로우 비디오) 2014/10/02 58 401 1 140 304
9 "Begin Again"   29 230 3 388 720
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)"   17 492 197 178
Korean movies only  
  "Scarlet Innocence" (마담 뺑덕) 2014/10/02 8 884 461 019
  "Manhole" (맨홀) 2014/10/08 4 076 131 120
  "Tazza: The Hidden Card" (타짜-신의 손) 2014/09/03 3 613 4 011 799
  "Pirates" (해적: 바다로 간 산적) 2014/08/06 2 680 8 664 340
  "Jungle Shuffle" (정글히어로) 2014/10/02 1 199 67 453
  "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" (다이빙벨) 2014/10/23 1 069 1 069
  "We Are Brothers" (우리는 형제입니다) 2014/10/23 822 3 840
  "Find Satomi" (사토미를 찾아라) 2014/10/16 651 1 679
  "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" (명량-회오리바다) 2014/07/30 507 17 607 820
  "Calling 2 : Mogenjok's World Cup" (소명 2 : 모겐족의 월드컵) 2010/04/01 411 29 668


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

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