Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Korea Weekend Box Office - Aug. 15-17

Not a lot of change this week in the top-10. The new films -- DACHIMAWA LEE, BABY & I, X-FILES -- all failed to impress audiences, and did little business. DARK KNIGHT, MUMMY 3 and (to a lesser extent) WALL-E and GOSA continued to hold their audiences for a second week.

Looks like THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD is rapidly running out of steam. It might make it to 7 million admissions, which would make it by far the most successful Kim Jee-woon film ever, but would barely be breaking even for its investors.

This WeekTitle............................................Release DateScreens NationwideWeekend Revenue (bil. won)Total Revenue (bil. won)
1.Dark Knight 8.074653.6314.58
2.Mummy 3 7.313161.4923.60
3.Gosa (Korean) 8.073021.376.46
4.Dachimawa Lee 8.143421.091.71
5. Wall-E 8.073120.983.78
6.The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Joheun Nom, Nappeun Nom, Isanghan Nom - Korean) 7.172960.9740.47
7.Baby & I (Agi-wa Na - Korean) 8.142480.650.97
8.An Eye for an Eye (Nuneneun Nun Ieneun I - Korean) 7.312580.7011.12
9.X-Files 8.142670.570.87
10.Keroro 8.07670.190.70
(Source: KOBIS - Figures represent 98% of nationwide box office)

Not a lot of excitement on the horizon. Will be interesting to see how MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN does next weekend, followed by STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS and MAMMA MIA in early September. MAMMA MIA could be especially interesting, given how well that musical has done in Korea over the years.

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