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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.05.05 - 2017.05.07

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Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" narrowly outplays "The Sheriff In Town" and "The Boss Baby" for the top spot...

The second volume of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise arrived in Korea last Wednesday and rose to the top of the chart with 883,846 admissions (28.98%). Back in 2014, the first film grossed $773.3 million worldwide, and the sequel is expected to cross the billion dollar mark; currently, having been produced for $200 million, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (starring Chris Pratt) has already grossed over $427 million. In Korea, the film was allocated 1,218 screens around the country for its first weekend and is fast approaching 2 million admissions (currently 1.7 million, or $13.1 million).

Kim Hyeong-joo-II's directorial debut "The Sheriff In Town" (with Lee Sung-min, Cho Jin-woong, and Kim Sung-kyun) and DreamWorks' "Boss Baby" were very competitive, however, and claimed 837,435 (25.91%) and 764,664 (22.37%) to for second and third place respectively. The top three films this week, which are all new releases, captured over 71% of the sales.

Last weekend's number two - "The King's Case Note" by Moon Hyeon-seong - added 291,976 (8.93%), moving its bottom line now to $10.2 million (1.4 million admissions), and was followed by the high-octane American action outing "The Fate of the Furious" in fifth. F. Gary Gray's "F8" has been active in Korea's box office since mid-April, and with this past weekend's sales tallied, the film has grossed $26 million in Korea alone; worldwide, "The Fate of the Furious" has banked an incredible $1.15 billion.

In anticipation for the string of public holidays in Korea, there was a host of new releases last week, with Park In-je's drama "The Mayor" (Choi Min-sik) coming out on top. Week two for Park's sophomore film, however, saw it slip five places to sixth with 89,956 admissions (2.75%), moving its total gross now to $9.1 million, or 1.3 million admissions. With less than 2,000 admissions behind Park's latest was Sony Pictures Animation's 3D animation "Smurfs: The Lost Village": from 488 screens (down from 607), Kelly Asbury's film added 88,182 admissions (2.47%) to settle in seventh.

The final three places went to local films: "Super Bernard: Spy Adventures", a 77-minute action animation by Lim Ah-ron, grabbed 1.08% of the sales (39,459); "Theatrical Version Tobot : The Attack and of the Robot Army" moved its bottom line to $871,596 with the 30,805 admissions (0.89%) it earned here; and the final place in the top ten went to Hong Hyeon-jeong and Hong Joo-yeon's documentary about the 'Joseon Teresa', "Suh-Suh Pyoung, Slowly and Peacefully" (the German missionary Elisabeth Johanna Shepping) with 10,532 admissions.

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2017.05.05 - 2017.05.07 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"   883 849 1 723 869
2 "The Sheriff In Town" (보안관) 2017/05/03 837 437 1 260 165
3 "The Boss Baby"   764 664 1 207 294
4 "The King's Case Note" (임금님의 사건수첩) 2017/04/26 294 976 1 493 075
5 "Fast and Furious 8"   125 666 3 591 596
6 "The Mayor" (특별시민) 2017/04/26 89 956 1 334 247
7 "Smurfs: The Lost Village"   88 182 386 169
8 "Super Bernard: Spy Adventures" (슈퍼 빼꼼: 스파이 대작전) 2017/05/03 39 459 77 071
9 "Theatrical Version Tobot : The Attack and of the Robot Army" (극장판 또봇: 로봇군단의 습격) 2017/04/27 30 805 128 104
10 "Suh-Suh Pyoung, Slowly and Peacefully" (서서평, 천천히 평온하게) 2017/04/26 10 532 69 553
Korean movies only  
  "The Plan - Documentary" (더 플랜) 2017/04/20 1 425 33 355
  "Daddy You, Daughter Me" (아빠는 딸) 2017/04/12 1 101 645 556
  "Marianne and Margaret" (마리안느와 마가렛) 2017/04/20 704 21 929
  "The Prison" (프리즌) 2017/03/23 300 2 931 409
  "On the Beach at Night Alone" (밤의 해변에서 혼자) 2017/03/23 202 56 158
  "The Widow" (미망인, 1955) - Re-release   113 751
  "One Line" (원라인) 2017/03/29 98 434 707
  "Love Me Once Again Despite Hatred '80" (미워도 다시 한번 '80, 1980) - Re-release   55 2 141
  "The World of Us" (우리들) 2016/06/16 50 48 473
  "Cherry Blossoms, Again" (다시, 벚꽃) 2017/04/06 41 6 699

- Chris Wheeler

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