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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.01.29 ~ 2016.01.31

2016/02/01 | 612 views | Permalink

"The Revenant" falls hard as "Kung Fu Panda 3" hits...

DreamWorks Animation's third installment of the "Kung Fu Panda" series of films came to Korean screens last Thursday and dominated proceedings over the weekend. "Kung Fu Panda 3" had a massive 1,364 screens from which to pool and from them captured 63% of the box office pie (1.3 million admissions). The film was made for around $145 million, and worldwide the film has already grossed $116.7 million.

Second and third place fell to two local films: Lee Ho-jae-I's science fiction drama "SORI: Voice from the Heart" (starring Lee Sung-min and Lee Hee-joon) and Lee Han's war drama "A Melody to Remember". "SORI: Voice from the Heart", a new release, managed 179 thousand admissions across 578 screens (7.8%), while week two for Lee's tale saw it drop just the one place with 177 thousand (7.9%). Last weekend "A Melody to Remember" occupied third place with 147 thousand (24.7%), and with this past weekend's tally added, the film sits on 907 thousand admissions ($5.6 million).

The Oscar-nominated "The Revenant" was unable to secure a third weekend at the top as it was bumped down three places to fourth with 177 thousand admissions (8.3%). To date, over 1.8 million tickets have been sold in Korea alone, and worldwide, the film has grossed over $274.7 million. The serious shuffle at the top meant that "The Big Short" (based on Michael Lewis' novel of the same name, and starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt) also feel, but just the one spot to fifth; it claimed an additional 85 thousand across 33 screens to bring its total tally now to 351 thousand ($2.3 million).

Lee Seok-hoon's epic drama "The Himalayas" (starring Hwang Jung-min, Jung Woo, and Jo Sung-ha) outplayed the latest "Star Wars" over December, and, unlike "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", it's still with us. Last weekend the film slipped to fifth place, and it fell one more here having attracted just 28.3 thousand (1.3%). Since its release mid-December, "The Himalayas" has grossed an incredible $49.8 million.

It was a close race for sixth place, however, as Woo Min-ho's "Inside Men: The Original" managed 28 thousand (1.3%), bringing its total now to 2 million ($13.9 million). "The Good Dinosaur" was next with 27 thousand (1.1%), followed by Ryoo Jeong-woo's animation: "Tayo the Little Bus Movie: Rescue My Friend Ace" on 26.9 thousand (1%). Finally, the last weekend of January was rounded out by Jo Kyoo-jang's comedy melodrama "Mood of the Day" (starring Yoo Yeon-seok and Moon Chae-won) on 17.3 thousand (0.8%), moving its bottom line to $4.2 million (643 thousand admissions).

 

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2016.01.29 - 2016.01.31 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Kung Fu Panda 3"   1 375 475 1 599 748
2 "SORI: Voice from the Heart" (로봇, 소리) 2016/01/27 179 468 298 456
3 "A Melody to Remember" (오빠 생각) 2016/01/21 177 576 907 880
4 "The Revenant"   177 183 1 875 793
5 "The Big Short"   85 312 351 295
6 "The Himalayas" (히말라야) 2015/12/16 28 291 7 720 279
7 "Inside Men: The Original" (내부자들: 디 오리지널) 2015/12/31 28 086 2 055 095
8 "The Good Dinosaur"   27 001 1 318 998
9 "Tayo the Little Bus Movie: Rescue My Friend Ace" (극장판 꼬마버스 타요의 에이스 구출작전) 2016/01/21 26 912 109 791
10 "Mood of the Day" (그날의 분위기) 2016/01/14 17 352 15 616
Korean movies only  
  "A Violent Prosecutor" (검사외전) 2016/02/03 3 285 8 066
  "Remember You - Movie" (나를 잊지 말아요) 2016/01/07 1 486 426 220
  "A Korean in Paris" (파리의 한국남자) 2016/01/28 592 1 566
  "Cruel State" (나쁜 나라) 2015/12/03 461 20 458
  "Pororo, Cyberspace Adventure" (뽀로로 극장판 컴퓨터 왕국 대모험) 2015/12/10 251 443 589
  "Stay With Me" (울보) 2016/01/28 248 445
  "Fire in Hell" (지옥화) 2014/11/06 233 2 348
  "Bad Guys Always Die" (나쁜놈은 죽는다) 2016/02/04 175 175
  "Like a French Film" (프랑스 영화처럼) 2016/01/14 168 4 349
  "The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale" (대호) 2015/12/16 120 1 761 457

- C.J. Wheeler (@Woolgatherist)

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