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[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.08.03 ~ 2012.08.05


HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review 

(2012.08.03~ 2012.08.05)

It's another huge weekend for Choi Dong-hoon's "The Thieves" as it remains the strong favorite among moviegoers. The film managed to add another 2 millions to its opening weekend efforts, placing it as the highest grossing Korean film of the year in just two weeks! "The Thieves" now has a total admissions count of 6,884,211 (54.5%), that puts it in a strong position to challenge the record breaking "The Avengers" in Korea this year.

The final film in the "Dark Knight" trilogy remained at number two, adding 617,130 to its new total of 5,524,901. In addition to these two blockbusters, the Belgium animation "Sammy's Adventures 2" snuck in to claim third with 359,350 (10.3%), followed by the fourth "Ice Age" film "Ice Age: Continental Drift". "Ice Age: Continental Drift" entered the charts last week at number three and this last weekend's numbers pushed it over the million admissions mark.

"I Am a King" is a new Korean film by director Jang Gyoo-seong, whose previous film was way back in 2007 with "Small Town Rivals". It's the untold story of King Sejong and how he deals with the pressures of being king. The film stars Ju Ji-hoon, Baek Yoon-sik, Byun Hee-bong and Park Young-gyu. At number six is another pick for the young ones with "Detective Conan : The Eleventh Striker". This popular Japanese animation held the same position last week with 72,203, but finds that 54,744 is good enough to hold that same position this past weekend. The omnibus film "Horror Stories" falls from four to seven, adding just 48,883 during the weekend to its total of just 268,305 (1.40%) admissions.

Adam Shankman's contemporary musical "Rock of all Ages" is at eight with 48,774, followed by the questionably named film "Piranha 3DD". Rounding out this past weekends top ten films is another Japanese animation "Doraemon: Nobita and the Island of Miracles". Doraemon is a huge favourite in Korea and his films never seem to go unnoticed. Still, the film is down from its entry position of seven to number ten in just two weeks, claiming just 141,108 admissions over its 109 screenings nationwide.


# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "The Thieves" (도둑들) 2012/07/25 2 007 595 6 882 518
2 "Dark Knight Rises"   616 664 5 524 435
3 "Sammy's Adventures 2" (새미의 어드벤쳐 2)   358 898 549 639
4 "Ice Age 4"   301 518 1 194 391
5 "I Am a King" (나는 왕이로소이다) 2012/08/08 58 751 84 110
6 "Detective Conan : The Eleventh Striker" (名探偵コナン 11人目のストライカー, 2012)   54 623 459 069
7 "Horror Stories" (무서운 이야기) 2012/07/25 48 826 268 248
8 "Rock of Ages"   48 702 67 621
9 "Piranha 3DD"   35 286 59 264
10 "Doraemon: Nobita and the Island of Miracles - Animal Adventure" (映画ドラえもん のび太と奇跡の島 アニマルアドベンチャー, 2012)"   27 769 141 060
Korean movies only  
  "Deranged" (연가시) 2012/07/05 23 651 4 496 683
  "PADAK" (파닥파닥) 2012/07/25 1 397 9 925
  "2 Doors" (두 개의 문) 2012/06/21 976 64 196
  "Plump Revolution" (통통한 혁명) 2012/08/02 265 303
  "The Grand Heist" (바람과 함께 사라지다) 2012/08/09 258 16 186
  "Two Moons" (두 개의 달) 2012/07/12 174 426 574
  "Two Weddings and a Funeral" (두 번의 결혼식과 한 번의 장례식) 2012/06/21 121 49 481
  "Kanghwadoryeong" (강화도령,1963)   105 676
  "The Concubine" (후궁: 제왕의 첩) 2012/06/06 44 2 630 107
  "A Muse" (은교) 2012/04/25 44 1 343 916

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