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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.04.18 - 2014.04.20


The "Captain" remains on course...

The weather may be heating up but Marvel's "Winter Soldier" still managed to stick it out for yet another week at the top of the pile. The comic captain added another 242,939 admissions (24.2%) over this past weekend to bump its bottom line to $28.6M (3.7M admissions), securing its place as the fourth highest grossing film of the year. The "Captain", however, had some stiff competition this time around as Neil Burger's sci-fi action film "Divergent" snatched a virtuous 212K (21.1%) during its first weekend out. Overall, foot traffic has been soft this year, and the Korean representatives have struggled to find/maintain traction in the top ten.

Last week's number two, "Broken" by Lee Jeong-ho, fell one place with its 189K (19.2%); a modest haul that helped the thriller reach 800K in week two. Easter may have just passed but "Son of God" stood still in fourth where it added another 68K (6.2%), a decent position but one it held only just as the mechanical madness of "Need for Speed" slipstreamed behind it with 60K (6.1%). "Need for Speed" is based on the series of video games from Electronic Arts, a popular street racing title that scored "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul as its cinematic lead. This adrenalised action flick has already grossed over $186M worldwide, but only just arrived in Korea last week.

In sixth place was the coming-of-age story "Han Gong-ju" by Lee Su-jin, a critically acclaimed feature that premiered at the 2013 Busan International Film Festival and has since been praised in Marrakech, Rotterdam, and the Deauville Asian Film Festival. Lee's impressive debut brought in 47K (4.7%) over 225 screens and was followed in seventh by Wes Anderson's highest grossing film: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (43K – 3.6%).

Arie Posin's romantic comedy "The Face of Love" entered in eighth, attracting 28K (2.7%) to its cause, while the French animation "Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants" by writers-directors Thomas Szabo and Helen Giraud occupied ninth with 27K (2.4%). Lastly, the action fantasy flick "The Legend of Hercules" took a serious tumble from third to an infinitely less divine tenth with just 18K (2.4%). "The Legend of Hercules" claimed over 130K last weekend, a finite flash of glory that proved unsustainable in week two.


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] 2014.04.11 ~ 2014.04.13


Korean Box Office - Admissions for the Weekend 2014.04.18 - 2014.04.20 (

# Films Release date Week-end Total
1 "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"   242 939 3 705 405
2 "Divergent"   212 933 278 424
3 "Broken" (방황하는 칼날) 2014/04/10 189 515 801 763
4 "Son of God"   68 100 258 599
5 "Need for Speed"   60 654 81 887
6 "Han Gong-ju" (한공주) 2014/04/17 47 468 60 932
7 "The Grand Budapest Hotel"   43 053 613 914
8 "The Face of Love"   28 649 46 097
9 "Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants" (La vallée des fourmis perdues)   27 935 88 260
10 "The Legend of Hercules"   18 847 212 557
Korean movies only  
  "Innocent Thing" (가시) 2014/04/10 9 981 133 740
  "Make Your Move" (메이크 유어 무브) 2014/04/17 4 924 7 349
  "God's Eye View" (시선) 2014/04/17 3 790 7 836
  "Uigwe, the 8-Day Festival 3D" (의궤, 8일간의 축제 3D) 2014/04/17 1 844 2 772
  "Thread of Lies" (우아한 거짓말) 2014/03/13 1 714 1 614 597
  "Let's Go To Rose Motel 2 - Thirst" (가자! 장미여관으로 2 - 갈증) 2014/04/10 609 2 875
  "Miss Granny" (수상한 그녀) 2014/01/23 351 8 651 782
  "Apostle" (신이 보낸 사람) 2014/02/13 260 422 247
  "Mansin: Ten Thousand Spirits" (만신) 2014/03/06 253 35 544
  "My Boy" (마이보이) 2014/04/10 193 2 982



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