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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.11.14 ~ 2014.11.16


"Interstellar" absorbs nearly 80% of the box office pie…

Week two for Nolan's spacey success saw the breakthrough blockbuster add another 1.7M admissions to its Korean cause. "Interstellar" recently crossed the $300M mark internationally, $36M of which coming from Korean screens as it becomes the seventh highest grossing film of the year behind "Transformers: Age of Extinction" ($38M). Unfortunately this galactic stub-guzzler had little competition, and so absorbed over 76% of ticket sales from a greedy 1,410 screenings (close to triple its nearest rival).

The only new Korean entry came in second. Boo Ji-young's "Cart" entered this arid arena on the 13th, and its opening weekend yielded 292K (11.6% over 544 screens). The film, Boo's fifth since "Sisters on the Road" in 2008, is a drama starring Yum Jung-ah, Moon Jung-hee, and Kim Young-ae and seeks to reveal the struggles of one non-contract employee as she battles her wrongful dismissal.

Boo's latest scored nearly 100K more than last week's silver medalist, "Fashion King - Movie", who although claimed over 284K last weekend (its peak) was reduced to poorly rewarded third place finish with just 93K (3.6%). That consolation credit means Oh Ki-hwan's high-school hopeful moves onto a totally tally of 539K ($3.6M), with slim hope of a resurgence.

The critically acclaimed "Gone Girl" followed in fourth (58 - 2.5%), trailed by the highest new foreign entry "The Other Woman" (34K - 1.4%). Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton are the three leading ladies in Nick Cassavetes' "The Other Woman", a romantic comedy that has already grossed $194M since its release back in April. The animated fantasy "The Boxtrolls" fell just the one place to sixth with its allotted 28K (1%), an American film that has failed to perform in Korea despite being $40M in the black worldwide.

The supernatural film "Wolves" by Canadian director David Hayter managed 19K and seventh position, while the new foreign drama "What If" open its account with 11K. Finally, this weekend's winners were rounded off by the nostalgic return of "Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway" (8K), as well as the epic innovation of "Boyhood" (6K).


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] 2014.11.07 ~ 2014.11.09


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2014.11.14 - 2014.11.16 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Interstellar"   1 797 213 4 839 921
2 "Cart" (카트) 2014/11/13 292 071 423 533
3 "Fashion King - Movie" (패션왕) 2014/11/06 93 816 539 662
4 "Gone Girl"   58 398 1 675 263
5 "The Other Woman"   34 888 51 983
6 "The Boxtrolls"   28 126 85 000
7 "Wolves"   19 856 28 904
8 "What If"   11 182 20 183
9 "Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway"   8 619 9 645
10 "Boyhood"   6 886 170 971
Korean movies only  
  "Set Me Free" (거인) 2014/11/13 5 838 9 971
  "We Are Brothers" (우리는 형제입니다) 2014/10/23 5 432 964 470
  "The Follower, Ok Han-heum" (제자, 옥한흠) 2014/10/30 5 055 30 232
  "My Dictator" (나의 독재자) 2014/10/30 3 201 382 379
  "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" (다이빙벨) 2014/10/23 2 530 35 670
  "Glory For Everyone" (누구에게나 찬란한) 2014/11/06 2 335 9 745
  "Red Carpet" (레드카펫) 2014/10/23 1 041 316 563
  "My Love, My Bride - 2014" (나의 사랑 나의 신부) 2014/10/08 697 2 135 890
  "Entangled" (현기증) 2014/11/06 609 7 708
  "The Youth" (레디액션 청춘) 2014/11/13 443 1 433


- C.J. Wheeler [@Woolgatherist; KoreaOnTheCouch]

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