Korean Box Office: ABOUT TIME Tops Slow Weekend

A slow weekend for local releases saw just 26% of the 1.62 million admissions going to domestic product. Things were much rosier this time last year with 75% of 1.95 million admissions going to Korean films.

Title Release Date Market Share Weekend Total Screens
1 About Time (uk) 12/5/13 29.50% 477,262 569,878 568
2 Insidious: Chapter 2 (us) 12/5/13 13.30% 225,734 273,148 405
3 11:00 AM 11/28/13 9.40% 158,976 784,348 415
4 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (us) 11/21/13 8.60% 153,167 664,905 409
5 Marriage Blue 11/21/13 7.80% 128,680 1,097,786 358
6 Escape Plan (us) 12/5/13 6.80% 112,354 133,194 287
7 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (us) 11/21/13 5.90% 98,067 1,050,799 315
8 Friend 2 11/14/13 4.90% 78,392 2,920,249 331
9 Tumbleweed 11/28/13 3.70% 59,322 404,919 298
10 Oshin (jp) 12/5/13 1.30% 22,577 58,485 233

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Working Title had a strong opening with their new romantic comedy About Time, which scored 477,262 admissions. Later this month, the company's 2003 hit Love Actually will go on release in Korea. Horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 also opened well with 225,734, a significant improvement on its 2011 predecessor. 

Looking at holdovers, local sci-fi 11:00 AM dived 58% for 158,976 admissions and is now in serious danger of missing the one million mark, a very disappointing result. Animated sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 dipped just 20% for 153,167. Closing out the top five was omnibus romcom Marriage Blue with 128,680 as it crossed the one million mark.

Next week, hotly anticipated local release Way Back Home, from director Pang Eun-jin and starring Jeon Do-yeon and Ko Soo, will go head to head with the second installment of The Hobbit. The first was a reasonable success with almost three million admissions but local competition from Jeon Do-yeon and co. will be stiff.
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