Totally anemic box office this past weekend. Call it the calm before the storm, as SPIDER-MAN 3 is set to be unleashed on Korea in just two hours from now (as of posting time, of course). With the unofficial holiday tomorrow, oodles of theaters around Seoul (and, I would presume, around Korea) will be launching the third webslinger film at 12:30 am.
My prediction? Certainly the film will top 1 million attendance on the Friday-to-Sunday cycle. But as for the week-long “weekend” opening… I would be willing to guess 1.7 million (around what RETURN OF THE KING and TAEGUKGI did). Maybe even 2 million. But I am pretty sure THE HOST’s 2.6 million record opening is safe.
PARADISE MURDERED was the No. 1 for the third week in a row, but it did so with just 80,100 tickets sold in Seoul (figure around $537,000). In nearly three weeks, PARADISE has made about $11.4 million.
SHOOTER (or DOUBLE TARGET as it is known in Korea) was the top new film, in the No. 2 spot. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (I am not about to call it TMNT) had a pretty weak opening, way down in sixth. MY TUTOR FRIEND 2 is definitely a big flop, with just 443,000 tickets sold in 10 days.
Outside of the top 10, Kim Ki-duk’s new film, BREATH, had a pretty tiny opening, with just 2,811 admissions (way down in 21st).
MEMORIES OF MATSUKO has now pulled in 15,765 admissions (and was in 19th last weekend). Not a runaway art-house hit, or a hit at all, I guess. But a reasonable success, which is pretty nice to see for such a quirky little film.
|This Week||Title………………………………….||Release Date||Screens Nationwide||Weekend Attendance (Seoul only)||Total Attendance|
|1.||Paradise Murdered||4.12||313||80,100||1,703,100||2.||Shooter||4.26||149||54,000||191,000||3.||The Reaping||4.19||127||57,900||439,100||4.||Bunt||4.26||253||40,700||179,100||5.||My Tutor Friend 2||4.19||242||33,000||443,000||6.||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||4.26||243||19,700||76,000||7.||Meet Mr. Daddy||4.19||233||13,400||264,900||8.||The Show Must Go On||4.05||121||12,400||985,300||9.||The Good Shepherd||4.19||81||10,000||86,000||10.||Meet the Robinsons||4.19||97||7,000||78,400|