NOTES ON ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE AND MORE FROM KOREA (OR WHEREVER)

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Korea Weekend Box Office - July 27-29
(Mini Edition)

Sorry, too busy with the book again for more than a quick run-down.

Title - Weekend Admissions - Total Nationwide Admissions
1. May 18 - 284,200 - 1,325,000
2. Die Hard 4.0 - 127,200 - 2,363,800
3. Ratatouille - 82,700 - 279,800
4. Transformers - 63,000 - 6,986,000
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 53,500 - 3,441,000
6. Evan Almighty - 33,800 - 128,100
7. Muoy - 21,100 - 112,500
8. Alone - 13,900 - 457,500
9. Attack on the Pin-up Boys - 9,200 - 58,100
10. Power Rangers - 4,900 - 89,600

Okay, a couple of brief notes.

  • MAY 18 is the first Korean film to land in the No. 1 spot in 12 weeks... since PARADISE MURDERED at the end of April.

  • TRANSFORMERS has now crossed the 7-million admissions mark. Very impressive.

  • Korean movies are down to 41% of the box office for the year... the lowest level at the end of July since 2001. Not so impressive.

  • RATATOUILLE was really, really good. Lots of funny jokes, but I was in awe of the film structurally, of the plotting and pacing.

  • It is beginning to look like my book's title will be changed to something else. Not sure if I will bother to change my blog name, too.
  • 2 comments:

    Max C said...

    Would it be possible to distinguish which of the films you mention are Korean somehow? It's hard for a duffer like me to work out which is which.

    matt said...

    For this week, 1, 7, and 9 are Korean (8 is Thai, 10, Japanese, and the rest American).

    Hard to believe it's been 12 weeks since the last number one Korean film. Bit of a bad summer, considering there've been sequels from five major franchises (and Transformers) hitting theatres. Don't know how popular the Simpsons will be here... I'm kind of curious to see.