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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.08.11 - 2017.08.13

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Local films "A Taxi Driver" and "Midnight Runners" capture 70% of the sales...

Jang Hoon's "A Taxi Driver" added another 1.7 million admissions (40.47%) over the weekend, making it the highest grossing film of the year with just under 8 million admissions. The previous number one, Kim Seong-hoon-III's action outing "Confidential Assignment", scored 7.81 million admissions back in January, but Hoon's fourth feature (after "The Front Line", "Secret Reunion" and "Rough Cut") is still breaking new ground.

Two new releases followed. Local comedy "Midnight Runners" (which stars Park Seo-joon and Kang Ha-neul as two bookish rookies on a kidnapping case) is Jason Kim's sophomore film after his 2013 drama "Koala". From 1,056 screens, the film claimed 1.3 million admissions, or $9.3 million (29.77%). In third place with 733,932 admissions (16.74%) entered the American supernatural horror "Annabelle: Creation" by director David F. Sandberg. The film, a prequel to the 2014 "Annabelle", was produced for $15 million and has grossed 32.7 million worldwide.

Since its release late July, "Despicable Me 3" has constantly featured in the upper ranks of the top ten. This past weekend, its third, saw it add another 174,203 admissions (3.65%), moving its total tally now over the 3 million mark ($19.28 million). Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's latest is now just 20,000 admissions shy of breaking into the top ten of the highest-grossing films of the year ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" claimed 3.04 million admissions: $21.8 million). After breaking the record for the highest opening day admissions, and then the arrival of Jang Hoon's timely drama, "The Battleship Island" is now starting to drifting down the chart. Director Ryoo Seung-wan's historical action flick drew 114,886 admissions from 538 screens (down from 1,017 last weekend), bringing its total gross now to $43.2 million (6.4 million admissions).

"Son of Bigfoot", a Belgian-French animation, entered the fray to 437 screens and managed 87,653 admissions (1.78%), and was followed by the Japanese sci-fi animation film "Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi" with 65,701 (1.34%) from 351. In eighth place, down three, was Christopher Nolan's WWII blockbuster "Dunkirk". Nolan's $100 million war film has already grossed $339.5 million worldwide; in Korea, since its release late July, it has amassed 2.7 million admissions (1.41%), or $20.7 million.

The latest in the popular Japanese anime series "Detective Conan", "Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter" by Kobun Shizuno (based Gosho Aoyama's "Case Closed" manga), tumbled from fourth to ninth with 31,454 admissions (0.67%), and the final spot in this weekend's top ten fell to Eleanor Coppola's debut fiction film, "Paris Can Wait" starring Diane Lane. From just 56 screens, Coppola's entry into narrative film claimed 14,820 admissions (0.34%).

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2017.08.11 - 2017.08.13 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "A Taxi Driver" (택시 운전사) 2017/08/02 1 769 731 7 937 993
2 "Midnight Runners" (청년경찰) 2017/08/09 1 325 839 1 948 217
3 "Annabelle: Creation"   751 037 934 785
4 "Despicable Me 3"   174 254 3 028 298
5 "The Battleship Island" (군함도) 2017/07/26 115 647 6 462 081
6 "The Son of Bigfoot"   87 653 131 847
7 "Doraemon the Movie: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi" (映画ドラえもん のび太の南極カチコチ大冒険)   65 701 84 131
8 "Dunkirk"   45 112 2 716 819
9 "Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter" (名探偵コナン から紅の恋歌)   31 476 414 158
10 "Paris Can Wait"   14 891 53 053
Korean movies only  
  "Suicide Made" (김광석) 2017/08/30 930 2 007
  "Oh! My God Returns" (구세주: 리턴즈) 2017/09/14 750 750
  "Criminal Conspiracy" (공범자들) 2017/08/17 337 5 702
  "Anarchist from Colony" (박열) 2017/06/28 300 2 357 799
  "Ash Flower" (재꽃) 2017/07/06 250 5 109
  "Write or Dance" (여자들) 2017/08/03 192 2 544
  "Old Boy" (올드보이) 2003/11/21 135 308 361
  "Troublers" (불온한 당신) 2017/07/20 132 3 609
  "Playing with Color" (색에 놀다, 2017)   127 127
  "Bound by Chastity Rule" (열녀문, 1962) - Re-release   115 4 212

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