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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.06.17 ~ 2016.06.19


Disney's "The Jungle Book" remains king...

Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book" retained pole position over the weekend by capturing 27.3% of the box office pie. From the 898 screens allocated, "The Jungle Book" attracted 619 thousand admissions bringing its total to 4.6 million admissions ($12.6 million) since its release two weeks ago. Walt Disney's digitally refreshed version of this classic tale was produced for an estimated $175 million; worldwide, it's already grossed $922.4 million and is fast on its way to reaching the billion-dollar mark.

Kwon Jong-gwan's crime drama "Proof of Innocence" and the latest "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie ("Out of the Shadows") were the only new entries to feature in this week's top ten. The former entered in second place with 429 thousand admissions (17.9%) across 690 screens, while Dave Green's Ninja Turtles settled in sixth with 149.3 thousand (6.3%). "Proof of Innocence" (aka "A Letter From Prison" or "Special Investigation: The Prisoner's Letter") stars Kim Myung-min, Kim Sang-ho and Sung Dong-il as is Kwon's third film after "S Diary" (2004) and "Sad Movie" (2005).

James Wan's supernatural horror "The Conjuring 2" climbed one place to third with 420 thousand admissions (17.7%), followed by Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden" on 284 thousand (12%). Park Chan-wook is one of Korea's most iconic modern directors and having impressed filmgoers at the Cannes Films Festival earlier this year, the film has so far made $26.3 million (3.7 million admissions) on home soil. Park's previous film, "Stoker" (2013), claimed just 378 thousand during its run, and his highest-grossing film, "JSA - Joint Security Area", attracted 5 million filmgoers back in 2000.

Duncan Jones' "Warcraft" fell three places from second to fifth with 193 thousand admissions (8.8%), moving its total tally to 1 million admissions, followed by the latest "Ninja Turtles" with 193 thousand admissions. The American-British romantic drama "Me Before You" by Thea Sharrock slipped one place from sixth to seventh with 75.9 thousand admissions. The film is based on Jojo Moyes' novel of the same name and she also adapted her novel for the film. Last week "Me Before You" added 103 thousand admissions (3.7%) from 335 screens, and week two saw an additional added 75.9 thousand (3.2%) from 272 to bring its bottom line now to 561 thousand ($4.5 million).

Na Hong-jin's mystery thriller "The Wailing" fell from fifth place to eighth. Na's atypical thriller was released in Korea mid-May and its sixth weekend yielded 56.4 thousand admissions (2.4%); "The Wailing" has now grossed $47.5 million from a total of 6.7 million admissions. It's also Na Hong-jin's most successful film compared to his two previous thrillers: "The Chaser" (2008) claimed 5 million admissions while "The Yellow Sea" (2011) attracted 2.2 million admissions.

Marvel's "X-Men: Apocalypse" scrapped together 12 thousand stubs to bring its total to 2.9 million ($20.9 million). Three week's ago the film confidently entered the charts in third, but opening weekends can be deceptive. Marvel's mutants have since failed to sustain interest and this latest superhero film continues to stagger down the chart. Finally, the third weekend top ten of June was rounded out by the Finnish-America adaptation of the popular mobile game "Angry Birds Movie". It claimed 10.4 thousand admissions bringing its new total in Korea now to 672 thousand ($4.4 million).


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2016.06.17 - 2016.06.19 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "The Jungle Book"   619 184 1 706 167
2 "Proof of Innocence" (특별수사: 사형수의 편지) 2016/06/16 429 490 537 877
3 "The Conjuring 2"   420 154 1 247 493
4 "The Handmaiden" (아가씨) 2016/06/01 284 685 3 711 460
5 "Warcraft"   193 595 1 044 769
6 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadow"   149 384 178 600
7 "Me Before You"   75 967 652 084
8 "The Wailing" (곡성) 2016/05/12 56 480 6 798 965
9 "X-Men: Apocalypse"   12 067 2 927 617
10 "The Angry Birds Movie"   10 428 672 773
Korean movies only  
  "The World of Us" (우리들) 2016/06/16 5 456 7 574
  "Familyhood" (굿바이 싱글) 2016/06/29 3 699 26 433
  "If You Were Me" (시선 사이) 2016/06/09 289 2 036
  "Rosy Days" (장미의 나날, 1994) - Re-release   237 237
  "Canola" (계춘할망) 2016/05/19 222 476 014
  "Overman" (초인) 2016/05/05 157 6 339
  "Black Gospel 2" (블랙가스펠2: 소울을 찾는 여정가운데 만난 사람들) 2016/04/14 155 1 258
  "Korean Short Films 1: Break-ups and make-ups" (국내단편1:헤어지고 다시 만나고)   123 123
  "Korean Short Films 2: New beginning" (국내단편2 : 새로운시작)   119 119
  "Where am I?: Beyond Girl and Woman" (소녀와 여자) 2016/06/16 112 416

- Chris Wheeler

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