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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.12.29 - 2017.12.31


Local hits "Along With the Gods", "1987" and "Steel Rain" secure 90% of the sales during final weekend...

The last weekend of 2017 saw another massive win for Kim Yong-hwa's "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds", the first in a series of films adapted from Joo Ho-min's webcomic "Singwa Hamgge". Kim's fantasy drama entered the fray three days before Christmas and found massive support during its first weekend out. Its second weekend out was equally profitably: from 1,666 screens, down from 1,887, "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" added another 2.4 million admissions (53.73%) and has raced to become the second highest-grossing film of the year. Currently, Kim's much-anticipated film has grossed $64.2 million (8.5 million admissions).

Director Jang Joon-hwan's new film is about the murder of student activist Park Jong-cheol during the political turmoil of the late 80s. "1987: When the Day Comes" (with Kim Yun-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Yoo Hae-jin, and Kim Tae-ri) hit local screens last Wednesday and claimed 1.3 million admissions, or 29.61% of the sales ($10.6 million). Jang has directed three other films since 2003: the cult sci-fi hit "Save the Green Planet", "Camellia" and "Hwayi : A Monster Boy".

Last weekend's number two, Yang Woo-seok's "Steel Rain", another K-webtoon turned feature, took a step back with the arrival of "1987". Despite losing 400 screens, "Steel Rain" scored 291,426 admissions (6.26%) and once again outperformed Michael Gracey's "The Greatest Showman" (Hugh Jackman) as it hit the 4 million admissions mark (roughly $30 million). The 139-minute war drama ended the year as the ninth highest-grossing local film overall. Gracey's period musical, which was released the same week as Kim's leading adaptation, added 147,414 admissions (3.24%) across 412 screens (down from 702), and was trailed by the latest Pokémon movie.

"Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!" by director Kunihiko Yuyama grossed $33.5 million in Japan back in July; in Korea, since its released two weeks ago, the film has made $2.9 million, $627,679 (87,453 admissions) of which came from this past weekend. The animated monster mash-up "Monster Family" earned 1.29% of the sales (65,678 admissions) during its second weekend out, and the American drama "Wonder" by Stephen Chbosky recently arrived and found 53,872 admissions (1.15%) from just 178 screens. Chbosky's film, which has already grossed ten times its production cost of $20 million, is an adaptation of R. J. Palacio's multi-awarding winning children's book of the same name.

Local animation "Pororo, Dinosaur Island Adventure"'s fourth weekend out yielded 36,733 admissions (0.75%) for eighth, followed by a new animation from Japan, "PriPara: Everyone's Longing! Let's Go PriPari!", based on the popular arcade game by Takara Tomy, with 21,294 (0.43%). The final weekend top ten of the year was rounded out by "The Last Jedi". The second film in Star Wars sequel trilogy has grossed over a billion dollars internationally, but Korean filmgoer's contribution to that sum has not been significant. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has fallen from second to sixth to ninth since its release mid-December, and the 11,533 admissions it earned here was not enough to push the foreign blockbuster past the million admissions mark.

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2017.12.29 - 2017.12.31 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" (신과 함께) 2017/12/20 2 460 626 8 535 273
2 "1987: When the Day Comes" (1987) 2017/12/27 1 350 361 1 939 060
3 "Steel Rain" (강철비) 2017/12/14 290 213 4 013 086
4 "The Greatest Showman"   147 153 815 012
5 "Pokemon the movie:I choose you!" (劇場版ポケットモンスター キミにきめた!)   87 255 415 057
6 "Monster Family"   65 529 341 473
7 "Wonder"   53 816 81 624
8 "Pororo, Dinosaur Island Adventure" (뽀로로 극장판 공룡섬 대모험) 2017/12/07 36 614 773 629
9 "PriPara the Movie: Everyone's Longing Let's Go PriParis" (プリパラ み~んなのあこがれ♪レッツゴー☆プリパリ )   21 296 36 458
10 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"   11 293 946 307
Korean movies only  
  "Sermon on the Mount" (산상수훈) 2017/12/07 10 987 40 225
  "Madman Ok Han-heum" (광인옥한흠) 2017/12/28 548 1 637
  "The Swindlers" (꾼) 2017/11/22 450 4 018 035
  "Hyeon's Quartet" (나의 연기 워크샵) 2017/12/28 324 807
  "The First Lap" (초행) 2017/12/07 298 6 684
  "The Discloser" (1급기밀) 2018/01/24 238 992
  "The Merciless" (불한당: 나쁜 놈들의 세상) 2017/05/17 218 939 535
  "Merry Christmas Mr. Mo" (메리크리스마스 미스터 모) 2017/12/14 215 3 619
  "The Return" (돌아온다) 2017/12/07 203 12 752
  "I Am Hopeman" (아이엠 호프맨) 2017/11/16 158 2 773

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