I am a little surprised that PONYO ON THE CLIFF BY THE SEA, the latest animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, did not open better. But with the Christmas holidays, I suppose the film's distributors are hoping to get a kick from the kiddie crowd over the next couple of weeks.
After that, we have a block of Hollywood dreck, with JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH in third, TWILIGHT in fourth, YES MAN in fifth and AUSTRALIA in sixth.
Winner of the butt-kicking-of-the-week award goes to LOST AND FOUND, which despite opening on 480 screens, could only manage $740,000, or 7th place. Ouch.
I was happy to see David Cronenberg's latest (abeit from 2007) film EASTERN PROMISES sneak into the top 10 (albeit is a tiny $20,000). A fun little film from one of my favorite directors. And, of course, some quality gore.
|This Week||Title............................................||Release Date||Screens Nationwide||Weekend Revenue (bil. won)||Total Revenue (bil. won)|
|1.||Overspeed Scandal (Gwasok Scandal - Korean)||12.04||529||3.59||16.50|
|2.||Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea||12.17||520||2.12||2.55|
|3.||Journey to the Center of the Earth||12.18||455||2.08||2.60|
|7.||Lost and Found (Dalkomhan Geojitmal - Korean)||12.18||480||0.97||1.35|
|8.||Portrait of a Beauty (Miindo - Korean)||11.13||77||0.062||15.55|
FYI, MAMMA MIA is lurking in Korea still, coming in 11th this week, despite appearing on just seven screens nationwide. Not bad for a movie that opened in the beginning of September.