‘Roaring Currents’ Still Swell Atop Korean Box Office

SEOUL — Period actioner “Roaring Currents” maintained a firm grasp at the top of the South Korean box office and became the most watched film of all time during its third weekend.

Despite competition from “The Pirates” and new release “Sea Fog” (aka “Haemoo”) handled by Lotte and N.E.W respectively, CJ Entertainment’s “Roaring Currents” dropped only 27% and added 2.06 million admissions, for a cumulative score of 14.62 million in ticket sales.

In cash terms, it earned US$16.1 million (KRW16.4 billion) and finished the weekend with a $111 million (KRW113 billion) cumulative.

“The Pirates,” a rival sea actioner which opened on Aug. 6, saw some benefit from a slightly weakening ”Currents.” It dropped only 17% and saw its market share climb from 26% to 29%. Advanced ticket sales are reportedly weakening, but the film has now captured 4.29 million ticket sales and a gross of US$32.3 million (KRW32.9 billion).

“Sea Fog” (pictured), a shamanic mystery tale produced by Bong Joon-ho and directed by Shim Sung-bo, showed a less stirring performance. It opened in third slot with 584,000 ticket sales and a box office score of US$4.72 million (KRW4.83 billion), for a cumulative score including previews of 931,000 admissions and US$7.32 million (KRW7.47 billion).

Top scoring Hollywood movie was “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” It opened in fourth slot with a 3% market share of 162,000 ticket sales, for a cumulative 196,000, worth US$1.18 million for the weekend and a cumulative $1.42 million.

“Planes 2” headed off “The Fault In Our Stars” (on a cumulative US$1.78 million after 10 days); “How To Train Your Dragon 2” in sixth place (with a cumulative US$22.9 million since a release on July 23); and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” in eighth place (and a cumulative score of US$10.1 million since its July 31 outing).

“Roaring Currents” was released in the U.S. on Aug 8, but its director Han-min Kim told the Korean press that he plans to re-edit the film to “better suit international sensibilities.”

More Film

  • Les Arcs Film Festival

    Les Arcs European Film Festival's Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

    SEOUL — Period actioner “Roaring Currents” maintained a firm grasp at the top of the South Korean box office and became the most watched film of all time during its third weekend. Despite competition from “The Pirates” and new release “Sea Fog” (aka “Haemoo”) handled by Lotte and N.E.W respectively, CJ Entertainment’s “Roaring Currents” dropped […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

    SEOUL — Period actioner “Roaring Currents” maintained a firm grasp at the top of the South Korean box office and became the most watched film of all time during its third weekend. Despite competition from “The Pirates” and new release “Sea Fog” (aka “Haemoo”) handled by Lotte and N.E.W respectively, CJ Entertainment’s “Roaring Currents” dropped […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    SEOUL — Period actioner “Roaring Currents” maintained a firm grasp at the top of the South Korean box office and became the most watched film of all time during its third weekend. Despite competition from “The Pirates” and new release “Sea Fog” (aka “Haemoo”) handled by Lotte and N.E.W respectively, CJ Entertainment’s “Roaring Currents” dropped […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    SEOUL — Period actioner “Roaring Currents” maintained a firm grasp at the top of the South Korean box office and became the most watched film of all time during its third weekend. Despite competition from “The Pirates” and new release “Sea Fog” (aka “Haemoo”) handled by Lotte and N.E.W respectively, CJ Entertainment’s “Roaring Currents” dropped […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    SEOUL — Period actioner “Roaring Currents” maintained a firm grasp at the top of the South Korean box office and became the most watched film of all time during its third weekend. Despite competition from “The Pirates” and new release “Sea Fog” (aka “Haemoo”) handled by Lotte and N.E.W respectively, CJ Entertainment’s “Roaring Currents” dropped […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    SEOUL — Period actioner “Roaring Currents” maintained a firm grasp at the top of the South Korean box office and became the most watched film of all time during its third weekend. Despite competition from “The Pirates” and new release “Sea Fog” (aka “Haemoo”) handled by Lotte and N.E.W respectively, CJ Entertainment’s “Roaring Currents” dropped […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    SEOUL — Period actioner “Roaring Currents” maintained a firm grasp at the top of the South Korean box office and became the most watched film of all time during its third weekend. Despite competition from “The Pirates” and new release “Sea Fog” (aka “Haemoo”) handled by Lotte and N.E.W respectively, CJ Entertainment’s “Roaring Currents” dropped […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content