Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.04.01~2011.04.03)
“Clash of the Families” is at number one this week; this is Kim Jin-yeong’s third major feature as a director. The film stars Song Sae-byeok (“The Servant”) and Lee Si-yeong (from the popular 2008 drama “Boys Over Flowers”) in a modern Korean take on the classic story of “Romeo and Juliet”. The film has dominated ticket sales with an impressive 686,547 admissions thus far.
“The King’s Speech” remains near the top with 98,344 tickets sold, but with “Clash of the Families” having almost caught up to the big Oscar winner in terms of total ticket sales, it is unlikely the film will see the top spot again. The Spanish thriller “Julia’s Eyes” comes in third, attracting 89,382 viewers to the theatres. It’s the story of a woman trying to track down her twin sister’s killer; the problem is she is slowly losing her sight. “Late Blossom” has to be the most successfully stubborn film of the year at number four. Released halfway through February, “Late Blossom” has still managed to sell 84,075 tickets this week.
With 59,698 admissions and a total of 275,055, “World Invasion” takes number 5. This big budget blockbuster is still getting attention in Korea but its best days are probably behind it. Heo In-moo’s “My Black Mini Dress” is the third Korean film in this week’s list with 49,607 admissions. Karan Johar’s “My Name is Khan” brings a bit of Bollywood to Korean cinemas at number seven. The film made $6,356,688 when it opened in India and the ripples of that huge success are being felt in this week’s chart.
“Little Fockers” is the third film in the “Meet the Parents” comedy trilogy. It boasts a number of big Hollywood actors and actresses including Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Jessica Alba, and Barbra Steisand. Released late last year in the States, “Vanishing on 7th Street” finally makes it way onto the Korean circuit. This post-apocalyptic horror film stars Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, and John Leguizamo. Hanging on at number ten is “Black Swan” with 19,752 admissions, which brings the films total number of tickets sold in Korea to 1,597,841.