Some strange goings-on with the top-10 this week. When KOBIS published the weekend numbers on Monday morning, they were obviously really low. I AM LEGEND, for example, was listed as doing about half of what its true business was. Turns out that there were some computer problems and a bunch of theaters had not reported their weekend business.
Apparently the Monday KOBIS numbers are always preliminary, and final figures are not confirmed until Tuesday. I did not know that. I hope I have not posted any wrong box office figures here in past weeks.
Anyhow, big weekend for Will Smith’s I AM LEGEND. Kind of funny, considering how no one I know who saw the film liked it. Score one for Warner Bros’ marketing team. LEGEND had $6.5 million, including its early Wednesday opening (true weekend numbers were closer to $5 million).
I was surprised LEGEND outperformed both SEX IS ZERO 2 and THE FIGHT. Was sure at least one of those would be a breakout hit. As it turns out, SEX IS ZERO 2 was the big Korean film over the weekend… a fact I find endlessly distressing. No, I have not seen it yet, but the original SEX IS ZERO was such a miserable film, I am disappointed people went back for more punishment.
THE FIGHT opened only in fourth, which had to have been disappointing to its distributor. It felt like I have seen ads for this film every five minutes on TV here. (SEX IS ZERO 2, on the other hand, was pretty much invisible, at least on the channels I watch).
Kind of cool to see KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE in the top ten, especially since that movie was released a few weeks ago. Are all of Hayao Miyazaki’s old films going to be periodically rereleased in Korean theaters, like Disney’s film used to be when I was growing up? It would be cool is young people had the opportunity to see his films in the theater.
|This Week||Title……………………………………..||Release Date||Screens Nationwide||Weekend Attendance||Total Attendance|
|1.||I Am Legend||12.12||486||678,619||918,396|
|2.||Sex Is Zero 2 (Saekjeuk Sigong Sijeun 2 – Korean)||12.12||440||439,031||584,284|
|4.||The Fight (Ssaum – Korean)||12.13||396||164,750||236,328|
|5.||Seven Days (Korean)||11.14||243||97,629||1,932,717|
|8.||Le Grand Chef (Sikkaek – Korean)||11.01||115||25,057||2,969,549|
|9.||Kiki’s Delivery Service||11.22||38||7,500||23,716|
|10.||My Eleventh Mother (Yeolhanbeonjjae Eomma – Korean)||11.29||46||6,275||333,337|
(Source: KOBIS – Figures represent 97% of nationwide box office)