You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Korea B.O. off on holiday weekend

'Miracle' tops as 'Highway' parks at No. 2

Local comedies dominated the Korean box office during a weaker-than-usual Lunar New Year’s holiday, with CJ Entertainment’s “Miracle on 1st Street” heading the pack with $6.6 million in six days.

The fourth work by helmer Yoon Je-gyun (“Sex is Zero”), the dramedy about a gangster trying to evict the residents of a poor neighborhood, opened on 390 screens and is earning a high rating among viewers, according to ticket reservation site Maxmovie.

Following at No. 2 is Studio 2.0’s “Highway Star,” which took $4.5 million on 332 screens. Pic stars Cha Tae-hyun (“My Sassy Girl”) as a rock singer who is tricked into singing Korean-style country music.

Last week’s No. 1 film “A Day for an Affair,” financed by iHQ and distributed by Cinema Service, landed at No. 3 in its second week and has amassed a total of $9.6 million.

Meanwhile, CJ Entertainment’s high-profile “Voice of a Murder” is losing steam after opening to boffo biz on Feb. 1. Pic stands at No. 4 on 285 screens, having accumulated just under 3 million admissions ($20.6 million).

Hollywood pics “Bridge to Terabithia” ($1.3 million), “Rocky Balboa” ($1.2 million), “Flags of Our Fathers” ($1.0 million) and “The Queen” ($0.3 million) all ranked at No. 5 or below in their opening week.

Taken as a whole, the Lunar New Year holiday — usually a busy time for moviegoing — turned in numbers that were a shade below even most normal weekends. The timing of the holiday, which fell from Saturday to Monday, plus the lack of event pics, is being blamed for the low turnout.

More Film

  • Take My Nose Please

    'Take My Nose...Please!' Comedy Documentary Lands at the Orchard

    Local comedies dominated the Korean box office during a weaker-than-usual Lunar New Year’s holiday, with CJ Entertainment’s “Miracle on 1st Street” heading the pack with $6.6 million in six days. The fourth work by helmer Yoon Je-gyun (“Sex is Zero”), the dramedy about a gangster trying to evict the residents of a poor neighborhood, opened […]

  • China Regulator Calls Korean Film, TV

    China’s SARFT Head Calls Korean Film, TV Blockade an ‘Emotional Issue’

    Local comedies dominated the Korean box office during a weaker-than-usual Lunar New Year’s holiday, with CJ Entertainment’s “Miracle on 1st Street” heading the pack with $6.6 million in six days. The fourth work by helmer Yoon Je-gyun (“Sex is Zero”), the dramedy about a gangster trying to evict the residents of a poor neighborhood, opened […]

  • Morelia: Locarno Industry Academy Hosts Third

    Morelia: Locarno Industry Academy Ready for Third Mexican Installment

    Local comedies dominated the Korean box office during a weaker-than-usual Lunar New Year’s holiday, with CJ Entertainment’s “Miracle on 1st Street” heading the pack with $6.6 million in six days. The fourth work by helmer Yoon Je-gyun (“Sex is Zero”), the dramedy about a gangster trying to evict the residents of a poor neighborhood, opened […]

  • Five projects vie for prizes at

    Morelia: Five Projects Vie for Prizes at Pix-in-Post Program Impulso Morelia

    Local comedies dominated the Korean box office during a weaker-than-usual Lunar New Year’s holiday, with CJ Entertainment’s “Miracle on 1st Street” heading the pack with $6.6 million in six days. The fourth work by helmer Yoon Je-gyun (“Sex is Zero”), the dramedy about a gangster trying to evict the residents of a poor neighborhood, opened […]

  • 'The Fortress' Review

    Film Review: 'The Fortress'

    Local comedies dominated the Korean box office during a weaker-than-usual Lunar New Year’s holiday, with CJ Entertainment’s “Miracle on 1st Street” heading the pack with $6.6 million in six days. The fourth work by helmer Yoon Je-gyun (“Sex is Zero”), the dramedy about a gangster trying to evict the residents of a poor neighborhood, opened […]

  • Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment

    Film Review: 'Never Here'

    Local comedies dominated the Korean box office during a weaker-than-usual Lunar New Year’s holiday, with CJ Entertainment’s “Miracle on 1st Street” heading the pack with $6.6 million in six days. The fourth work by helmer Yoon Je-gyun (“Sex is Zero”), the dramedy about a gangster trying to evict the residents of a poor neighborhood, opened […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content