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[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.04.13 ~ 2012.04.15

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HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review

(2012.04.13 ~ 2012.04.15)

Lee Yong-joo-I's "Architecture 101" is denied its forth-straight week as the number one film in Korea, due to the Hollywood blockbuster "Battleship" hitting Korean cinemas. Peter Berg's sci-fi action flick captured 41.80% of the ticket sales and cost an estimated $200 million to produce. The 674 457 admissions it received was more than double that of "Architecture 101" or Kim Hyeong-jun's "The Scent", which took in 254,502 and 242,691 admissions respectfully.

Korean audiences were unimpressed by "The Hunger Games" and that allowed "Architecture 101" to ride out the storm that was expected to accompany its release. However, "Battleship" simply blew it out of the water this past weekend and Kim Hyeong-jun's "The Scent" was only about 13,000 admissions behind it in third. "The Scent" came into the charts last week at ten, but has leaped up to the upper ranks with 15.60% of ticket sales. The French film "The Intouchables" has remained in the top five now for a month, adding 84,506 to its total of 1,502,380. That places it as the tenth highest grossing film released in Korea for the 2012, just behind "Howling" which sits on 1,591,268.

The record breaking "The Hunger Games" has not dazzled the crowds here in Korea. It came into the charts on the 5th April, but has since only managed to secure 504,858 admissions during that time. Wu Seon-ho's "Over my Dead Body" is down two places, earning its place at number six with 67,290 admissions (Hancinema's review of Wu Seon-ho's debut film can be viewed here). "Titanic" in 3D slipped one place, attracting 56,130 viewers who wished to relive the magic and tragedy of this cinematic retelling.

"Titanic" isn't the only film being revamped for the 3D-crazed, Disney has moved on to "Beauty and the Beast" and added a third dimension to this classic animation. "Beauty and the Beast" claimed 44,653 admissions and was followed by the Korean omnibus film "Doomsday Book" by Kim Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung. The film is comprised of three stories involving a self-aware robot, a boy zombie, and the story of a woman trying to survive after witnessing the earth's destruction. "Wrath of the Titans" is at ten, down five places with 10,113 admissions.

Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Week-end 2012.04.13 - 2012.04.15 (www.kobis.or.kr)

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Battleship"   674 457 1 195 707
2 "Architecture 101" (건축학개론) 2012/03/22 254 502 2 917 550
3 "The Scent" (간기남) 2012/04/11 242 691 396 694
4 "The Intouchables" (Intouchables)   84 506 1 502 380
5 "The Hunger Games"   69 322 504 858
6 "Over my Dead Body" (시체가 돌아왔다) 2012/03/29 67 290 880 186
7 "Titanic 3D"   56 130 269 292
8 "Beauty and the Beast 3D"   44 653 96 581
9 "Doomsday Book" (인류멸망보고서) 2012/04/11 31 584 73 856
10 "Wrath of the Titans"   10 113 883 738
Korean movies only  
  "Helpless" (화차) 2012/03/08 3 163 2 421 065
  "Talking Architect" (말하는 건축가) 2012/03/08 1 296 25 706
  "Planet of Snail" (달팽이의 별) 2012/03/22 577 14 286
  "Mother - 2011" (어머니) 2012/04/05 445 2 458
  "Speckles: The Tarbosaurus" (점박이: 한반도의 공룡 3D) 2012/01/26 293 1 029 536
  "Late Autumn - 2010" (만추 - 晚秋) 2011/02/17 80 847 806
  "Stateless Things" (줄탁동시) 2012/03/01 52 3 403
  "The Ten-Year Rule" (1964, 십년세도) - Re-release   50 624
  "Romance Joe" (로맨스 조) 2012/03/08 42 3 440
  "Re-encounter" (혜화,동(童)) 2011/02/17 37 11 365
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