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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.07.15 ~ 2016.07.17


"Now You See Me 2" and "Train to Busan" arrive and shine...

"Finding Dory" got off to a great start last weekend by shooting to the top of the chart with over 800,000 admissions, but two new features have since entered the fray and pulled ahead of Pixar's latest adventure.

"Now You See Me 2" by Jon M. Chu and Yeon Sang-ho's "Train to Busan" were released last week and claimed the top two places over the weekend. "Now You See Me 2" captured 36.1% of the box office pie (1 million admissions) across a whopping 1,200 screens to end up as the undisputed winner, followed by Yeon's action thriller with 559,054 admissions (19.26%). "Train to Busan" is Yeon's first live-action having already directed a number of animated features that includes "The Fake" (2013), "The Window" (2012) and "King of Pigs".

Pixar's "Finding Dory" was bumped down to third place after a strong opening weekend last week; surprisingly, and despite having more than double the screens that Yeon's latest was given, "Finding Dory" claimed 525,144 admissions across 969 screens. With those numbers consider, "Finding Dory" has banked $12.6 million (1.7 million admissions) in Korea alone. Worldwide, "Finding Dory" has grossed an impressive $721.7 million.

Park Dae-min's period piece "Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River" (starring Yoo Seung-ho, Cho Jae-hyun, Ko Chang-seok and Ra Mi-ran) was next in fourth place with 414,413 admissions (13.6%). Park's comedy was released July 6, and, like "Find Dory", it enjoyed a strong opening weekend last week (it came in second with 28.9% of the sales), but was denied a podium place here due to the popularity of this weekend's winners. "Seondal", Park's second film after the 2009 mystery thriller "Private Eye", has grossed nearly $13 million (1.8 million admissions) and is on track to overtaking Park's debate film in terms of total admissions.

The American survival horror "The Shallows" by Jaume Collet-Serra also arrived in Korea last week, and from the 518 screens allocated to it, the film claimed 5.3% of the total sales (156,367 admissions). Last weekend's number three, Kim Tae-goon's comedy drama "Familyhood" starring Kim Hye-soo and Ma Dong-seok, dropped three places to fifth with 128,806 admissions (4.3%); "Familyhood" has now moved its total tally to over 2 million; or, $14.4 million.

The admissions dropped off sharply from seventh place onwards: "Demolition" (a comedy-drama film by Jean-Marc Vallée) attracted 15,605 admissions (0.5%); Lee Chang-yeol's thriller "Trick" (starring Lee Jung-jin, Kang Ye-won and Kim Tae-hoon) captured 14,269 admissions (0.5%), and the German comedy "I'm Off Then" by Julia von Heinz saw 11,055 tickets sold (0.4%) during its first weekend out in Korea. Lastly, David Yates' "The Legend of Tarzan" occupied tenth place with 10,074 admissions (0.3%), and so moved its total tally on to 854,476 ($6.3 million). Yates' re-imagining of the classic story of Tarzan has struggled worldwide: the film was produced for an estimated $180 million, but so far the film has only managed to gross around $193.7 million.

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2016.07.15 - 2016.07.17 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Now You See Me 2"   1 079 868 1 737 547
2 "Train to Busan" (부산행) 2016/07/20 559 054 561 176
3 "Finding Dory"   525 160 1 760 520
4 "Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River" (봉이 김선달) 2016/07/06 414 416 1 802 716
5 "The Shallows"   158 367 216 400
6 "Familyhood" (굿바이 싱글) 2016/06/29 128 806 2 038 864
7 "Demolition"   15 605 25 154
8 "Trick" (트릭) 2016/07/13 14 269 30 492
9 "I'm Off Then" (Ich bin dann mal weg)   11 055 14 503
10 "The Legend of Tarzan"   10 074 854 482
Korean movies only  
  "BIGBANG: MADE TOUR" (빅뱅 메이드) 2016/06/30 3 563 54 041
  "The Handmaiden" (아가씨) 2016/06/01 3 100 4 278 600
  "The World of Us" (우리들) 2016/06/16 1 750 33 208
  "The Wailing" (곡성) 2016/05/12 534 6 877 413
  "The Hunt" (사냥) 2016/06/29 445 645 518
  "The Truth Beneath" (비밀은 없다) 2016/06/23 388 249 845
  "A Man Causing A Typhoon" (태풍을 일으킨 사나이, 1975) - Re-release   310 310
  "Hwang, Man of Weath at Mapo" (마포사는 황부자, 1965) - Re-release   145 145
  "4th Place" (4등) 2016/04/13 80 37 876
  "Socialphobia" (소셜포비아) 2015/03/12 78 250 878

 - Chris Wheeler

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