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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.05.12 - 2017.05.14


Ridley Scott's new "Alien" bursts into first...

Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demián Bichir, "Alien: Covenant"-Ridley Scott's sequel to the 2012 sci-fi horror "Prometheus"-arrived in Korea on Tuesday to 832 screens around the country. The film, the sixth in the "Alien" series, claimed 520,635 admissions (25.79%) during its first weekend out to secure the top spot, outplaying last weekend's top two films, "The Sheriff In Town" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2".

Last weekend, with over a thousand screens, Kim Hyeong-joo-II's 115-minute directorial and screenwriting debut, "The Sheriff In Town" (starring Lee Sung-min, Cho Jin-woong, and Kim Sung-kyun), arrived and captured 25.91% of the box office pie (837,429 admissions). Week two for Kim's comedy drama saw that figure drop to 422,692 (20.62%), bringing its bottom line now to $15.8 million (2.2 million admissions). Still, "The Sheriff In Town" was once again the highest local film, with other local features making up the other 10% that went to local films as foreign features grabbed close to 70% of the weekend action.

DreamWorks' "The Boss Baby" (voiced by Alec Baldwin) has already grossed $140.5 million worldwide since it was released in America late March. In Korea, "The Boss Baby" added 347.530 stubs (16.16%) from 722 screens (down from 1,116) to pushed its total tally to 1.9 million, or $13.1 million. Not far behind was last weekend's number one; Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" fell three places in a closely contested weekend: from 733 screens, the second volume in Marvel's popular "Guardians of the Galaxy" series scored 16.73% of the sales (323,562). Since its release on May 3, the film has grossed $18.5 million in Korea alone; worldwide, the film has now made over half a billion dollars (currently $525.4 million).

Directed by Jeong Sik ("Epitaph") and Kim Hwi, "The Tooth and the Nail" is a dark drama based on Bill S. Ballinger's 1955 novel of the same name and stars Go Soo and Kim Joo-hyuk. The film attracted the attention of 7.2% of the filmgoing public, 148,992 admissions, and was followed in sixth by the Japanese animation "A Silent Voice: The Move" by Naoko Yamada. "A Silent Voice" (based on the manga of the same name) has already grossed just over $19.5 million since being released in its home country late last year; its first weekend out in Korea yielded 94,132 admissions (4.41%).

Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" (starring Charlie Hunnam) was the only other new arrival to make it into the top ten this week. Since Friday, Richie's rendition earned $365,113 (46,714 admissions) for seventh. A local king occupied eight; Moon Hyeon-seong's "The King's Case Note (starring Lee Sun-kyun and Ahn Jae-hong) has been out since April 26, and with the 34,835 admissions it claimed over this past weekend, the film moves its total earnings to $11.07 million (1.6 million).

The final two places went to the eight installments in the "Fast and the Furious" series of films, "Fate of the Furious", and Sony Pictures Animation's "Smurfs: The Lost Village" by director Kelly Asbury; they claimed 17,139 (0.84%) and 13.619 (0.59%) admissions respectively.

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Alien: Covenant"   524 613 959 962
2 "The Sheriff In Town" (보안관) 2017/05/03 425 466 2 206 015
3 "The Boss Baby"   348 284 1 922 025
4 "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"   325 446 2 425 358
5 "The Tooth and the Nail" (석조저택 살인사건) 2017/05/09 150 189 291 772
6 "A Silent Voice: The Movie" (映画 聲の形)   94 425 202 441
7 "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"   46 920 50 756
8 "The King's Case Note" (임금님의 사건수첩) 2017/04/26 35 061 1 612 723
9 "Fast and Furious 8"   17 368 3 645 788
10 "Smurfs: The Lost Village"   13 628 420 615
Korean movies only  
  "The Merciless" (불한당: 나쁜 놈들의 세상) 2017/05/17 12 032 18 902
  "Suh-Suh Pyoung, Slowly and Peacefully" (서서평, 천천히 평온하게) 2017/04/26 6 150 86 107
  "Super Bernard: Spy Adventures" (슈퍼 빼꼼: 스파이 대작전) 2017/05/03 5 624 92 938
  "Theatrical Version Tobot : The Attack and of the Robot Army" (극장판 또봇: 로봇군단의 습격) 2017/04/27 5 022 139 883
  "The Mayor" (특별시민) 2017/04/26 4 276 1 357 388
  "The Way - 2017" (길) 2017/05/11 988 2 546
  "Marianne and Margaret" (마리안느와 마가렛) 2017/04/20 896 23 872
  "Blue Busking" (마차 타고 고래고래) 2017/05/18 426 2 396
  "Come, Together" (컴, 투게더) 2017/05/11 332 1 330
  "Snowy Road - Theatrical Version" (눈길) 2017/03/01 306 130 015

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