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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.12.09 ~ 2016.12.11


"Pandora"'s box office run starts strong...

In the aftermath of the country's political unrest, Park Jeong-woo's thrilling disaster film, "Pandora", entered the fray and shot straight to pole position by capturing 45.5% of the box office pie. The film, Park's fourth after "Dance With The Wind" (2004), "Big Bang" (2007" and "Deranged" (2012), sold 1.1 million admissions across 1,166 screens to dislodge last weekend's number one, Kwon Soo-kyeong's family drama "My Annoying Brother".

"Pandora" (starring Kim Nam-gil, Kim Young-ae, Moon Jung-hee and Jung Jin-young) is about a president who sacrifices the lives of citizens to prevent a disaster from occurring. This timely tale was followed by a new foreign entry from America: Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Chazelle's musical made its world premiere back in August at the Venice Film Festival, and the film's first weekend in the Land of the Morning Calm yielded $3.8 million (426,872 admissions; 18.7%).

Kwon Soo-kyeong's "My Annoying Brother" entered in first place last weekend with just under 30% of the sales (598,262), but week two for Kwon's family feud was less impressive: from 603 screens (down 229) it claimed 11.6% (264,231), moving its total tally now to 2.6 million ($17.8 million).

The American 3D computer-animated adventure "Storks" arrived on Wednesday and sold 147,170 admissions (5.6%). "Storks" narrowly outperformed its closest competitor, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", by less than a thousand admissions. With the 146,113 (5.9%) "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" claimed, David Yates's magical fantasy film moved its bottom line in Korea to $32.2 million (4.4 million admissions), making it the twelfth highest-grossing film of year in Korea ahead of "The Handmaiden" (4.2 million) and behind "Zootopia" (4.7 million).

"Missing Woman" fell four places to sixth during its second weekend out. Lee Eon-hee's crime thriller (which stars Uhm Ji-won and Gong Hyo-jin) added 132,779 admissions (5.4%), which brings its total now to just over a million ($6.9 million). The Japanese anime "One Piece Film Gold" opened on Thursday and sold 115,483 (4.6%), followed by the sequel to the 2012 action film "Jack Reacher": "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" (based on Lee Child's novel of the same name) starring Tom Cruise (a favourite here in Korea).

Like "Missing Woman", "Never Go Back" fell four places, and ended up claiming 1.6% of the sales (39,459 admissions) from 354 screens. Nine and ten earned significantly fewer stubs: the British-French drama "I, Daniel Blake" (winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival) and the Japanese anime "Shimajiro's Wow! Shimajiro And The Magical Picture Book" claimed 8,850 (0.4%) and 7,636 (0.3%) respectively.

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2016.12.09 - 2016.12.11 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Pandora" (판도라) 2016/12/07 1 121 321 1 459 278
2 "La La Land"   427 150 563 454
3 "My Annoying Brother" (형) 2016/11/23 264 331 2 685 770
4 "Storks"   147 187 166 635
5 "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"   146 180 4 473 975
6 "Missing Woman" (미씽: 사라진 여자) 2016/11/30 132 871 1 049 333
7 "One Piece Film: Gold"   114 505 140 401
8 "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"   39 484 591 893
9 "I, Daniel Blake"   8 872 12 525
10 "Shimajiro's Wow! Shimajiro and the Magical Picture Book" (劇場版 しまじろうのわお! しまじろうと えほんのくに)   7 636 9 179
Korean movies only  
  "Obedience" (순종) 2016/11/17 2 681 45 236
  "Moo-hyun, the Story of Two Cities" (무현, 두 도시 이야기) 2016/10/26 1 757 189 073
  "Derailed" (두 남자) 2016/11/30 1 358 59 788
  "Curtain Call" (커튼콜) 2016/12/08 1 097 4 251
  "Will You Be There" (당신, 거기 있어줄래요) 2016/12/14 955 11 626
  "Beaten Black and Blue" (우리 손자 베스트) 2016/12/08 943 1 599
  "Our Love Story" (연애담) 2016/11/17 850 20 320
  "GOGURYEO" (나의 살던 고향은) 2016/11/24 727 8 373
  "Unwanted Brother" (작은 형) 2016/11/30 649 1 644
  "Queen of Walking" (걷기왕) 2016/10/20 408 94 530

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