The disaster epic HAEUNDAE opened strong last weekend, with 1.5 million admissions over the weekend, and 2 million including its Thursday opening. Not record-breaking numbers, but not bad.
HAEUNDAE is playing at the CGV Yongsan with English subtitles, incidentally.
Otherwise, nothing too amazing to report. HARRY POTTER is doing okay, with 2.5 million admissions over the past couple of weeks. Like the last few Potter films in Korea, it will top 3 million but not 4.
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN is poised to become the biggest foreign film ever in Korea, beating the first TRANSFORMERS. But not by much. Like most Hollywood blockbusters here, it just cannot sustain as long as the local hits do. Looks like the film should top 7.5 million admissions, but not 8 million.
UPDATE: The box office chart should get interesting for the next few weeks. Pixar’s UP opened already, on Wednesday. I’m interested in how it will do, as Pixar films usually struggle to pull in 1 million admissions in Korea.
And the week after UP is released, GI JOE hits the theaters, starring Korea’s own Lee Byung-hun.
Btw, also opening this weekend is the Japanese film FISH STORY. I saw it in Udine in April and quite enjoyed it. I doubt it will have English subtitles in the theaters, but if I hear otherwise, I will let you know.
Also, Cine 21’s website is saying NEW MOON, the Twilight sequel, will open in Korea on Dec. 10. This is apropo of nothing… I just thought some random Twilight comment might help boost my hits.