Looks like Tom Cruise's PR blitz in Korea paid off, as his VALKYRIE opened in second, with 2.6 billion won ($2.0 million).
Nos. 3-5 all went to Korean films, led by the new movie CITY OF DAMNATION (nice English title), the Korean comic version of INFERNAL AFFAIRS. In fourth was the big hit of season, SCANDAL MAKERS, which was now made 44 billion won (about $32 million), followed by A FROZEN FLOWER, which is now at 23 billion won ($17 million).
Oh, in case you were wondering, SCANDAL MAKERS is now the most successful comedy in Korean history, having overtaken 200 POUND BEAUTY. Looks like SCANDAL is going to become the first Korean comedy to top 7 million admissions, too.
The only other Korean film was way down in 10th, the little film MY OLD PARTNER, about a man and his ox.
|This Week||Title............................................||Release Date||Screens Nationwide||Weekend Revenue (bil. won)||Total Revenue (bil. won)|
|1.|| Red Cliff 2||1.22||522||2.90||3.79|
|3.||City of Damnation (Yugamseureoun Dosi - Korean)||1.22||500||1.66||2.21|
|4.||Scandal Makers (Gwasok Seukaendeul - Korean)||12.04||333||1.03||43.88|
|5.||A Frozen Flower (Ssanghwajeom - Korean)||12.30||378||0.60||22.48|
|7.||Madagascar 2 ||1.08||319||0.33||5.85|
|10.||Old Partner (Wonang Sori - Korean)||1.15||23||0.056||0.15|
With foreign films occupying the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, Korean movies are now accounting for about 48 percent of the box office in 2009 -- down a bit from last week, but much stronger than most people would have predicted a couple of months ago.