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[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.02.10 ~ 2012.02.12

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HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review

(2011.02.10 ~ 2012.02.12)

"Nameless Gangster" enjoys another weekend at the top as 829,307 flocked to watch Yoon Jong-bin's gangster film. Since its release on Feb 2nd, the film has accumulated the support of some 2,485,464 spectators and is on the verge of outshining "Dancing Queen" in the race for the top Korean film of 2012 so far.

With "Nameless Gangster" hogging over 40% of the ticket sales, it was tough for those following to report any major ticket sales. "Dancing Queen" was able to edge past "Unbowed", but still only managed to secure 13%, which translated to just under 300,000 admissions. "Unbowed" fell to third with 256,957, but has a healthy 3,096,214 total admissions to date. The Icelandic film "Legends of Valhalla: Thor" surprised at number four with 9.50% of the sales. The film is a 3D CGI 2011 film about "an over confident teen with a magical weapon and a handful of imperfect gods join forces against an evil queen and her army of giants"(IMDB).

Sang-ho's "Speckles: The Tarbosaurus" moves down one place with 116,742 admissions. Sang-ho has said that he has always wanted to create a film about dinosaurs and that animation would yield the best results for him in terms of the visuals. The film is approaching the million admissions mark but is losing steam quickly with the public. "PaPa" is also down spot as its admission count is halved from last weekend's 214,063 to 107,902. It is still one that I am very interested to catch when I can, but finding screenings with subtitles is not as consistent as one would hope for. "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" makes a return to the big screen and this time viewers will have the chance to experience the first film in the Star Wars saga in glorious 3D.

Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is at eight in its opening weekend with 53,654 admissions. The Cold War mystery thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" follows it on 44,102. Last is "Happy Feet 2", this second film seems to be failing to keep the momentum going from the first and only added 35,465 to its total admissions in Korea of 160,054.

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Week-end 2012.02.10 - 2012.02.12 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Nameless Gangster" (범죄와의 전쟁 : 나쁜놈들 전성시대) 2012/02/02 830,027 2,486,184
2 "Dancing Queen" (댄싱퀸) 2012/01/18 282,933 3,200,854
3 "Unbowed" (부러진 화살) 2012/01/18 257,195 3,096,452
4 "Legends of Valhalla: Thor"   198,833 209,261
5 "Speckles: The Tarbosaurus" (점박이: 한반도의 공룡 3D) 2012/01/26 116,908 803,421
6 "Papa - Movie" (파파) 2012/02/01 107,935 478,445
7 "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (in 3D)"   59,343 69,103
8 "War Horse "   53,654 64,876
9 "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy "   44,102 55,844
10 "Happy Feet 2 "   35,465 160,054
Korean movies only  
  "Howling" (하울링) 2012/02/16 3,894 4,754
  "Pacemaker" (페이스메이커) 2012/01/18 684 462,763
  "Late Autumn - 2010" (만추 - 晚秋) 2011/02/17 427 846,926
  "The Angel's Breath" (천사의 숨소리) 2012/02/23 349 349
  "2 Lines" (두 개의 선) 2012/02/09 269 339
  "The Outback" (코알라 키드: 영웅의 탄생) 2012/01/12 160 201,379
  "Wonderful Radio" (원더풀 라디오) 2012/01/05 129 951,394
  "The World Without a Mother (1977, 엄마 없는 하늘 아래) - Re-release"   104 654
  "Never Ending Story" (네버엔딩스토리) 2012/01/18 82 278,176
  "King of Pigs" (돼지의 왕) 2011/11/03 54 18,862
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