Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Korea Weekend Box Office - April 6-8

To no one's surprise, Song Gang-ho's THE SHOW MUST GO ON made its debut in the top spot this week. It's $3.2 million is not bad, but it might be hard for SHOW to maintain, given the torrent of new titles about to be released (not to mention the bittorrent). I really wanted to see this film until I saw the trailer. Now I am less motivated. Might wait for the DVD.

Once again running neck-and-neck (er, neck-and-severed-neck) in Seoul is SMALL-TOWN RIVALS and 300. Nationwide, SMALL-TOWN RIVALS again did much better, and is on the verge of 1 million admissions.

The big French action film SKY FIGHTERS (aka LES CHEVALIERS DU CIEL) finally made it to theaters in Korea. I suppose 34,000 admissions are not great numbers, but I remember the French film commission pushing that film hard at last year's Hong Kong Filmart, so it was kind of interesting to see it finally make it to the theaters.

This WeekTitle........................................Release DateScreens NationwideWeekend Attendance (Seoul only)Total Attendance
1.The Show Must Go On3.14449147,800472,300
2.Smalltown Rivals3.2931563,000944,000
4.Perfume: The Story of a Murderer3.2222941,400880,300
5.Because I Said So3.2914037,900114,700
6.Black Book3.2911812,000150,000
7.Le Chevaliers du Ciel3.299510,10034,000
8.The Number 233.221138,600423,000
9.Beautiful Sunday3.291906,500168,000
10.Lyrics and Music2.28445,8001,112,600

(Source: Film2.0)

Next week could be quite interesting, with the new Im Kwon-taek film, BEYOND THE YEARS, getting released, along with MEMORIES OF MATSUKO. Both films will most likely do mediocre business, but it is possible either could take off (or both, for that matter). A lot of women I know seem to be interested in MATSUKO, and you never know how the public will react to an Im Kwon-taek movie.

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