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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.02.20 ~ 2015.02.22


Agents rule and "Ode" revitalised...

Kim Seok-yoon's "Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island" held on to enjoy another weekend as Korea's choice film, claiming 1.2M admissions (30.5%) over 817 screens to once again outplayed Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" at the top of the pile. Kim's latest, which was released on the 11th, now moves onto 3.1M and is on target to overtake the 4.7M stubs the 2011 original scored.

The "Kingsman", also released on the 11th, added another 899K (24%) over the Lunar New Year weekend to once again secured second place, and was tailed by the massively successful war drama "Ode to My Father". Since its released mid-December, JK Youn's "Ode" has amassed an incredible 14M ($98M) and currently stands are the second highest grossing Korean film of all time. The film's incredible run seemed to be coming to a close last weekend (where is fell to sixth), but the Lunar New Year crowds raised Yoon's drama up the chart as it captured 11.6% of the box office pie.

Not far behind fell the historical thriller "The Imitation Game" (starring Benedict Cumberbatch; based on Andrew Hodgess book: "Alan Turing: The Enigma") by Morten Tyldum. "The Imitation Game" has already grossed $160M worldwide, and over 408K ($2.9M) Korean filmgoers came out over the weekend to catch Cumberbatch as the famous cryptanalyst.

Kim Hyun-seok's "C'est Si Bon" continued its slide towards the wrong end of the chart, claiming 266K over 482 screens to bring its total tally now to 1.5M ($11M). "C'est Si Bon" (starring Jung Woo, Kim Yun-seok, Han Hyo-joo, Kim Hee-ae, Jin Goo, and Jang Hyun-sung) entered the game in first three weeks ago, but has quickly fallen out of favour with the Korean audiences.

Following Kim's rom-com fell the latest SpongeBob movie, "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water", with 134K (3.3%), with the Oscar-winner "Big Hero 6" sinking to seventh with just 127K (3.1%). Disney's awesome animation hit Korea shores on the 21st of last month and has thus far garnered $19.1M from Korean filmgoers (2.7M). The film was made for $165M, and worldwide has banked over $546M.

The Japanese animation "Stand by Me Doraemon" (based on Fujiko F. Fujio's manga) occupied eighth with 122K (2.9%), followed by the American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" by Will Finn and Dan St. Pierre (based on "Dorothy of Oz" by L. Frank Baum). "Legend of Oz" banked $482K (71K), and was chased by another Japanese animation: "Detective Conan: Missing Conan Edogawa Case - His History's Worst Two Days" (68K - 1.6%).


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] 2015.02.13 ~ 2015.02.15


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2015.02.20 - 2015.02.22 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island" (조선명탐정 : 사라진 놉의 딸) 2015/02/11 1 199 419 3 141 306
2 "Kingsman: The Secret Service"   899 657 2 337 818
3 "Ode to My Father" (국제시장) 2014/12/17 449 783 14 070 981
4 "The Imitation Game"   406 737 680 986
5 "C'est Si Bon" (쎄시봉) 2015/02/05 266 347 1 588 067
6 "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water"   134 523 189 805
7 "Big Hero 6"   127 726 2 699 991
8 "Stand By Me Doraemon"   122 178 357 505
9 "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return"   70 866 222 721
10 "Detective Conan: Missing Conan Edogawa Case - His History's Worst Two Days" (名探偵コナン 江戸川コナン失踪事件~史上最悪の二日間~)   68 003 197 198
Korean movies only  
  "The Strong and Mini Special Forces: The Attack of a New Villain" (최강전사 미니특공대 : 새로운 악당의 습격) 2015/02/05 17 300 146 692
  "A Perfect Way to Steal a Dog" (개를 훔치는 완벽한 방법) 2014/12/31 13 996 287 943
  "Gangnam Blues" (강남 1970) 2015/01/21 4 395 2 185 833
  "My Love, Don't Cross That River" (님아, 그 강을 건너지 마오) 2014/11/27 1 469 4 795 891
  "Winter Wanderer" (겨울나그네, 1986) - Re-release   474 1 243
  "A Matter of Interpretation" (꿈보다 해몽) 2015/02/12 444 3 419
  "Shoot Me in the Heart" (내 심장을 쏴라) 2015/01/28 444 387 120
  "A Woman on the Verge" (위기의 여자, 1987) - Re-release   421 2 734
  "Yeong-ja's Heydays" (영자의 전성시대) 1975/02/11 209 1 059
  "The Tenor Lirico Spinto" (더 테너 리리코 스핀토) 2014/12/31 195 50 335


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