Anyhow, SCANDAL is still going strong, a month after its release. Buoyed by the Christmas holidays, SCANDAL upped its total take at the box office to about 24 billion won (or $18.7 million, depending on what the exchange rate is doing at the moment). That is about 3.7 million admissions. Best of all, its 487,000 admissions over the weekend is still better than the film's opening weekend four weeks ago.
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL came in second with over $1.7 million. But thanks to the Christmas bump, it has grossed nearly $5 million since its release on Dec. 24.
Miyakazi's latest, PONYO ON THE CLIFF BY THE SEA, is in third, with a decent but not great $1.1 million, bringing its total to $4.5 million. I am surprised. I thought it would have gotten a bigger bump from the holidays.
The only other Korean films were at the bottom of the top-10 -- LOST & FOUND held at No. 7, and ROMANTIC ISLAND bombed with a 10th place debut.
|This Week||Title............................................||Release Date||Screens Nationwide||Weekend Revenue (bil. won)||Total Revenue (bil. won)|
|1.||Scandal Makers (Gwasok Seukaendeul - Korean)||12.04||402||3.25||24.27|
|2.||The Day the Earth Stood Still||12.24||490||2.20||6.35|
|3.||Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea||12.17||367||1.34||5.83|
|5.||Journey to the Center of the Earth||12.18||288||1.00||5.47|
|7.||Lost and Found (Dalkomhan Geojitmal - Korean)||12.18||277||0.39||2.62|
|10.||Romantic Island - Korean||12.24||210||0.24||0.72|
It really was just a top-10 this week. After the 10th place film, no other movie was playing on more than nine screens in the whole country.