The next new title this week was HERO, the Fuji-TV film featuring a cameo from Lee Byung-hun. With 271 screens, it had the widest release ever for a Japanese film in Korea, just slightly ahead of THE SINKING OF JAPAN's 256. Did not come close, however, to matching SINKING's boxoffice, which pulled in 479,000 in its opening weekend, compared to 128,000 for HERO.
Other new releases did not do much. KINGDOM had just 127,000 admissions, BLACK DAHLIA (released a year late) had 75,000. And Lee Joon-ki's latest, VIRGIN SNOW, took in just 13,000. Although VIRGIN SNOW did get a 44 screen release -- for a while there, it was looking like it would only get 10 screens. But this Japan-Korea coproduction has its eye on the Japan DVD market for the bulk of its revenues.
|This Week||Title............................................||Release Date||Screens Nationwide||Weekend Attendance||Total Attendance|
|1.||Le Grand Chef (Sikgaek- Korean)||11.01||436||440,813||518,397|
|2.||Going by the Book (Bareuge Salja - Korean)||10.18||329||261,335||1,661,958|
|3.||Shadows in the Palace (Gungneo - Korean)||10.18||287||108,427||1,234,644|
|8.||Resident Evil 3||10.18||190||34,788||509,799|
|9.||Virgin Snow (Cheotnun - Korean)||11.01||44||10,511||12,814|