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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.02.17 - 2017.02.19


"New Trial" outplays "Fabricated City" and "The Great Wall"...

Kim Tae-yoon's third film, "New Trial" (starring Jung Woo, Kang Ha-neul, Lee Dong-hwi and Kim Hae-sook), was released on Wednesday and came out on top during its first weekend out. "New Trial" tells the story of a lawyer's lonely struggle to defend the rights of a young boy who was wrongfully imprisoned seventeen years ago for murder. From 935 screens around the country, Kim's latest captured 34% of the box office pie (754,666 admissions) to claim pole position from Bae Jong's "Fabricated City".

With the 462,825 admissions (20.8%) "Fabricated City" earned here, Park's sophomore film-after his 2005 war comedy, "Welcome to Dongmakgol" (6 million admissions)-moved its bottom line to $13.9 million (1.9 million). Zhang Yimou's "The Great Wall" (starring Matt Damon) had its premiere in Beijing early in December, but international filmgoers were only recently open to the experience; in Korea, "The Great Wall"'s first weekend out yielded $2.1 million (272,554) from across 584 screens, and worldwide the film has thus far grossed $240.4 million having been produced for $150 million.

Kim Seong-hoon-III's "Confidential Assignment" is currently the highest grossing Korean film of the year with a total of 7.6 million admissions ($54 million), 193,502 of which came from this past weekend. Not far behind Kim's blockbuster entered DreamWorks Animation's "Trolls" by director Mike Mitchell ("Kung Fu Panda 3", "The Angry Birds Movie", "Shrek 2"). "Trolls" captured 7.62% of the sales (184,288 admissions) from 622 screens and is the first of three other animations to feature in this weekend's chart.

Gore Verbinski's psychological horror "A Cure for Wellness" entered in sixth with 75,735 (3.58%), followed by the Canadian-Spanish animation "Run Ozzy Run" (also known "Ozzy"), directed Alberto Rodríguez and Nacho La Casa, on 45,862 (1.9%). In "Ballerina", a 3D computer animation, a young girl gets the chance to make her dream of auditioning for the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet a reality. The film, which had its premiere at the Mon premier Festival last October, has been out in Korea since February 9, and with the 31.960 admissions it claimed here, it now moves its bottom line in Korea to over the million dollar mark (157,497 admissions).

The final two places went to the third installment in the "xXx" series of actions films ("xXx: Return of Xander Cage") and the film adaptation of Ted Chiang's short story, "Story of Your Life": "Arrival", starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker-both films fell significantly in the charts. "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" entered in third last weekend with 254,915 admissions (11%), while "Arrival" sat in fifth with 89,951 (3.87%); this past weekend, however, the former plummeted to ninth with just 25,206 (1.17%), while the latter slipped to tenth with 16,777 (0.79%). That puts their total tallies now at 465,253 admissions ($3.3 million) and 611,608 ($4.3 million) respectively.

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2017.02.17 - 2017.02.19 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "New Trial" (재심) 2017/02/15 755 268 1 022 819
2 "Fabricated City" (조작된 도시) 2017/02/09 463 208 1 974 421
3 "The Great Wall"   272 781 371 138
4 "Confidential Assignment" (공조) 2017/01/18 193 559 7 667 480
5 "Trolls"   184 304 215 782
6 "A Cure For Wellness"   75 801 126 465
7 "Ozzy"   45 863 63 703
8 "Ballerina"   31 964 157 501
9 "xXx: Return of Xander Cage"   25 227 465 274
10 "Arrival"   16 788 611 619
Korean movies only  
  "My Little Brother" (그래, 가족) 2017/02/15 16 175 34 284
  "The King" (더 킹) 2017/01/18 4 691 5 312 782
  "Lucid Dream" (루시드 드림) 2017/02/22 2 077 5 217
  "A Single Rider" (싱글라이더) 2017/02/22 1 875 1 875
  "DongJu, The Portrait of A Poet" (동주) 2016/02/17 673 1 173 819
  "Master" (마스터) 2016/12/21 422 7 147 485
  "Bluebeard" (해빙) 2017/03/01 401 401
  "Le Tour: My Last 49 Days" (뚜르: 내 생애 최고의 49일) 2017/02/01 290 26 739
  "Queen Dowager Inmok" (인목대비, 1962) - Re-release   122 2 069
  "Vroom! Vroom! : Spider's Adventure Diary" (부릉! 부릉! 브루미즈: 스피더의 모험 일기) 2016/12/15 75 11 423

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