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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.04.20 - 2018.04.22

2018/04/23 | 817 views | Permalink

"Rampage" reigns while local documentary "Intention" rises...

The Rock's "Rampage" remained unmoved at the top of the pile over the second last weekend of April. The film, based on the classic video game by Midway Games, arrived in the Land of the Morning Calm two weeks ago. From 886 screens nationwide, "Rampage" claimed 34.17% of the sales (363,703 admissions, or $3 million) and moved its total tally to 1.2 million: $10.2 million. Worldwide, director Brad Peyton's action adventure film has earned just over a quarter of a billion US dollars (the film was produced for $120 million).

Last weekend, Kim Ji-young-V's 110-minute documentary "Intention" about the Sewol Ferry sinking entered the fray in sixth with 8.25% of the sales. Week two, however, saw it move to second in the list. Kim's documentary, a data-driven, scientific analysis of the tragedy, enjoyed a screen boost and attracted another 108,961 admissions (10%). With this week's figures added, "Intention" has made just over $3 million from 385,431 admissions. Kim's debut documentary only narrowly outplayed last weekend's number two, "A Quiet Place" by director John Krasinski.

Produced for between $17 to $21 million, Krasinski's critically acclaimed horror has already grossed over ten times that sum globally. In Korea, the film has banked $3.7 million, $933,280 (108,761 admissions) of which came from this past weekend. With around 20,000 admissions less was Steven Spielberg's hi-tech adventure "Ready Player One" (an adaptation of Ernest Cline's 2011 novel of the same name). From 502 screens, Spielberg's latest cinematic creation found another 97,755 admissions (10%) during its fourth week out in Korea, securing fourth place and moving its total earnings now to $18.3 million (2.2 million). Currently, the film has grossed over half a billion US dollars worldwide. The highest new release was up next.

"Marionette" is the sophomore feature film by director/screenwriter Lee Han-uk and stars Lee Yoo-young and Kim Hee-won. The new mystery crime thriller arrived last Thursday and, from 545 screens, attracted 87,645 admissions (8.38%) for fifth. "What a Man Wants", Lee Byeong-heon-I's fourth film, fell two places with 71,118 admissions (6.72%), followed by Jeong Beom-sik's surprise hit horror: "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum". With 2.6 million admissions ($19.9 million), 49,724 of which came from this past weekend, "Gonjiam" is currently the second-highest grossing Korean horror of all time.

The French animation "The Jungle Bunch" entered in eighth with 28,462 admissions (2.38%) from 331 screens, closely followed by Bang Soo-in's family drama "Stand By Me" with Lee Soon-jae and Jung Ji-hoon. "Stand By Me" has been active in the charts since early April, and with the 24,189 admissions it scored over the weekend, Bang's debut has now earned $2 million from 292,746 admissions. The final place went to a new release from America. Christian Gudegast's heist film "Den of Thieves" found 16,397 admissions (1.48%) from 348 screens to round off the weekend's top performers.

 

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2018.04.20 - 2018.04.22 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Rampage"   363 705 1 259 367
2 "Intention" (그날, 바다) 2018/04/12 108 961 385 431
3 "A Quiet Place "   108 761 460 519
4 "Ready Player One"   97 755 2 222 536
5 "Marionette" (나를 기억해) 2018/04/19 87 646 107 276
6 "What a Man Wants" (바람바람바람) 2018/04/05 71 118 1 159 410
7 "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" (곤지암) 2018/03/28 49 730 2 662 481
8 "The Jungle Bunch" (Les As de la Jungle)   28 462 31 087
9 "Stand By Me" (덕구) 2018/04/05 24 189 292 746
10 "Den of Thieves"   16 397 21 562
Korean movies only  
  "Mothers" (당신의 부탁) 2018/04/19 11 047 16 450
  "Spark : A Space Tail" (스파키)   4 530 32 786
  "Bungaeman and the Island of Mysteries" (번개맨과 신비의 섬) 2018/04/05 4 336 58 927
  "Be with You" (지금 만나러 갑니다) 2018/03/14 3 845 2 599 143
  "The Gateless Gate" (무문관) 2018/04/19 3 787 5 814
  "Snatch-Up" (머니백) 2018/04/12 1 902 51 606
  "Seven Years of Night" (7년의 밤) 2018/03/28 1 152 526 887
  "Microhabitat" (소공녀) 2018/03/22 903 56 000
  "Mini Special Forces X" (미니특공대 X) 2018/03/22 885 99 449
  "Duck Town" (수성못) 2018/04/19 853 1 807

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