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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.03.28 ~ 2014.03.30


"Captain America" strikes, "Noah" sinks...

Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" sunk to second as Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" rallied 1.1M admissions to its cause. The American superhero opened to a massive 1,106 screens to capture 61% of the market and dislodge the biblical epic from pole position. Last weekend "Noah" opened its account with 950K, but was unable to see out the storm and managed just 326,746 (16.6%) stubs here in week two. Only three local films featured in the top ten ("Thread of Lies", "Miss Granny", and "Monster - Movie") as Korea's volatile box office continued its fickle favouring of new entries.

For the past seven weeks the Korean box office has favoured a new flick every week, with the Oscar-winning "Frozen" being the last film to claim a second reign. "Pompeii", "Non-Stop", "300: Rise of an Empire", "Thread of Lies", and "Noah" have all been given the crown but none have been able to secure a second term. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will hope to change that fact as it claimed the largest piece of the box office pie since "The Face Reader" back in September 2013.

Lee Han's "Thread of Lies" fell just the one place due to the "Captain", and walked away with 200K (9.4%) over 435 screens in week three. That moves Han's drama onto to 1.38M admissions ($12.5M) as it becomes the sixth highest grossing Korean film of the year. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was next with 115,172 (6%), and was one of the few films that moved up in the world from last week. The French-American mystery thriller "Non-Stop" deceased its cruising altitude from third to fifth (25,742 – 1.2%), while the animatic "300: Rise of an Empire" slipped to sixth with just 16,456 admissions (0.8%).

The second instalment of "Captain America" held a firm monopoly on the ticket tallies, leaving the lower half to squabble over the remaining stubs. The Chinese/Japanese animation "The Tibetan Dog" dashed in and scurried away with 15K (0.7%) in seventh position, and the computer-animated "Jungle Master" swung into eighth with just 9K (0.4%). Rounding out this weekend's lopsided chart were the local films "Miss Granny" and "Monster - Movie", which brought in 8K and 7.6K respectfully. Hwang Dong-hyuk's "Miss Granny" has stuck around in the top ten now for an age-defying ten weeks now. It's an incredible stint that has seen the drama collect an impressive 8.6M admissions ($58.8M) and is comfortably the highest grossing Korean film of the year thus far.


What's coming out next week in Korea? [HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound...

Last weekend's report: [HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.03.21 ~ 2014.03.23


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2014.03.28 - 2014.03.30 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"   1 170 458 1 474 031
2 "Noah"   326 746 1 740 863
3 "Thread of Lies" (우아한 거짓말) 2014/03/13 200 655 1 385 145
4 "The Grand Budapest Hotel"   115 172 268 501
5 "Non-Stop"   25 742 2 072 855
6 "'300: Rise of an Empire'"   16 456 1 586 208
7 "The Tibetan Dog" (チベット犬物語~金色のドージェ)   15 967 17 494
8 "Jungle Master (綠林大冒險)"   9 859 10 898
9 "Miss Granny" (수상한 그녀) 2014/01/23 8 160 8 642 367
10 "Monster - Movie" (몬스터) 2014/03/13 7 644 522 189
Korean movies only  
  "Broken" (방황하는 칼날) 2014/04/10 2 461 2 461
  "School of Youth: The Corruption of Morals" (청춘학당: 풍기문란 보쌈 야사) 2014/03/27 1 582 3 084
  "Mansin: Ten Thousand Spirits" (만신) 2014/03/06 1 470 32 878
  "Life of Woman" (여자의 일생, 1968) - Re-release   1 313 6 999
  "Apostle" (신이 보낸 사람) 2014/02/13 979 419 534
  "A Coachman" (마부, 1961) - Re-release   561 6 443
  "The Nut Job" (넛잡: 땅콩 도둑들)   332 477 796
  "Two Wives - Movie" (두 아내) 2014/03/13 330 9 814
  "Venus Talk" (관능의 법칙) 2014/02/13 321 781 171
  "Potato" (감자, 1968) - Re-release   293 293


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