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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.12.04 ~ 2015.12.06


"Inside Men" secures third straight weekend at the top...

 For the third week in a row Woo Min-ho's "Inside Men" has claimed the top spot at Korea's box office. Released on November 19, "Inside Men" first dislodged "The Priests" mid-November and has since gone on to bank just over $34 million (4.9 million admissions), 799 thousand admissions of which, or $5.7 million (45.6%), came from this past weekend.  

In second place entered a new foreign film from America, "In the Heart of the Sea" by Ron Howard, which is based on the 2000 book of the same name by author Nathaniel Philbrick. Howard's film was allocated 524 screens around the country, and form those screens managed to attracted the interest of 292 thousand filmgoers (17.6%). "In the Heart of the Sea" hit Korean cinema's last Thursday and has so far banked $2.5 million. Last weekend's number two, Jang Jae-hyeon's "The Priests", added another 156 thousand to its cause (8.5%); claiming third place and moving its bottom line now to $34.5 million (5.1 million admissions).

Ha Ki-ho's romantic comedy "Love Guide for Dumpees" was also released last week and its first weekend yielded a million by attracted 143 thousand (8.2%) to one of its 434 screens around the country. "Love Guide for Dumpees" stars Yoon Kye-sang and Han Ye-ri about "man and a woman who make a 'one-night' coupon book after they get dumped or lose their chance at a real relationship". Jeong Gi-hoon's "You Call It Passion" followed in fifth having attracted 83 thousand (4.3%) during its second week out; last week it entered the chart in third place, but slipped two places here as it surpasses 500 thousand admissions.

Denis Villeneuve's "Sicario" and Antoine Fuqua's "Southpaw" were two other America features that arrived last week. "Sicario" competed at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and while it didn't claim that prestigious prize (the Palme d'Or), critics and cinephiles have praised the film and over 41 thousand (2.3%) in Korea came out to experience it for themselves. "Southpaw" followed closely in seventh with 40 thousand admissions (2.1%) despite having a hundred screens even though it enjoyed a hundred more screens around the country than "Sicario".

The final instalment of the popular "Hunger Games" series of films fell three places from fifth to eighth. 38.2 thousand admissions went to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" this past weekend (2%), which moved this films bottom line in Korea to $4.9 million; worldwide the film has current made over $523.9 million. Lastly, the first weekend of December was rounded out by two Japanese animations: "The Boy and The Beast" (34 thousand admissions/$224 thousand) and "Power Rangers The Movie Train Force VS Dino force THE MOVIE" (30 thousand admissions/$194 thousand).


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2015.12.04 - 2015.12.06 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Inside Men" (내부자들) 2015/11/19 799 892 4 950 882
2 "In the Heart of the Sea"   292 584 338 960
3 "The Priests" (검은 사제들) 2015/11/05 156 725 5 172 753
4 "Love Guide for Dumpees" (극적인 하룻밤) 2015/12/03 143 630 180 133
5 "You Call It Passion" (열정 같은 소리 하고 있네) 2015/11/25 83 754 547 502
6 "Sicario"   41 536 52 083
7 "Southpaw"   40 342 64 836
8 "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2"   38 256 766 630
9 "The Boy and the Beast" (バケモノの子)   34 205 173 321
10 "Power Rangers Train Force VS Dino Force The Movie" (烈車戦隊トッキュウジャーVSキョウリュウジャー)   30 610 85 379
Korean movies only  
  "The Sound of a Flower" (도리화가) 2015/11/25 13 366 300 729
  "Cruel State" (나쁜 나라) 2015/12/03 2 110 3 354
  "Seotaiji Band Concert Tour: Quiet Night" (서태지밴드 콘서트투어 콰이어트나이트) 2015/11/26 986 5 361
  "The Hypocrites" (위선자들) 2015/11/26 841 9 298
  "The Martyrdom" (순교) 2015/08/13 692 14 882
  "Pororo, Cyberspace Adventure" (뽀로로 극장판 컴퓨터 왕국 대모험) 2015/12/10 689 1 893
  "Timing" (타이밍) 2015/12/10 374 1 184
  "The Thieves" (도둑들) 2012/07/25 283 12 983 821
  "Veteran" (베테랑) 2015/08/05 278 13 413 543
  "Kuru Kuru and Friends: The Rainbow Tree Forest" (꾸루꾸루와 친구들: 무지개 나무의 숲) 2015/11/19 271 6 736

- C.J. Wheeler (@WoolgatheristKoreaOnTheCouch)

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