Korea Box Office: ‘Pirates’ Steals ‘Currents’ Crown in Subdued Weekend

SEOUL – In an unusual and quiet weekend, Lotte Entertainment’s maritime themed actioner “The Pirates” climbed to top spot at the Korean box office.

U.S. fare had mixed results. “The Fault In Our Stars” climbed two positions to third place and “Begin Again” climbed four places to fifth. But “The Expendables 3” was largely dead on arrival, and “Planes Fire And Rescue” nosedived.

“Pirates” was helped by the weakening of “Roaring Currents,” the record breaker that dominated in its first three weekends of release. “Currents” slipped from first place to second as admissions dropped 61%, though it still accounted for 30% of ticket sales. It is now the most watched film of all time in Korea having sold 16.3 million tickets and achieving a cumulative gross of US$123.09 million (KRW 126 billion). 

“Pirates” gained one place, while seeing its weekend take drop by 35% compared with the previous frame. This weekend it looted $7.36 million (KRW 7.51 billion) for a cumulative total of $44.7 million (KRW45.5 billion) from 5.93 million admissions. That makes it a considerable hit, albeit one overshadowed by it its sea action rival “Roaring Currents.”

“The Fault in Our Stars” was the best-performing foreign movie, up 7% in its third week and doubling its market share. The cancer romancer managed 166,000 ticket sales, worth $1.3 million this weekend, for a cumulative US$4.18 million (KRW 4.27 billion).  

A relative disappointment has been “Sea Fog,” a shamanic mystery produced by Bong Joon-ho, which failed to blossom. It slipped to fourth over the weekend and added barely US$1.3 million, for a total of US$10.5 million (KRW 10.7 billion) since its Aug. 13 outing. 

Begin Again” expanded by 150% and has now managed US$2.64 million (KRW 2.69 billion) since opening on Aug. 13.

The “Expendables 3” opened anonymously in sixth spot with a score including previews of just $885,000, while “The Giver” took just $603,000 including previews in seventh. “Planes 2” in eighth lost72% of its altitude and has a weekly cume of $US$2.00 million.

But that was considerably better than the much-trailed, youth horror movie “3D Tunnel,” which failed to open despite a release on 262 screens. It managed to sell just 37,600 tickets and score $287,000 for a cumulative gross including previews of just $523,000.

Rounding out the top ten was “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” which now sits on a cume of $23.4 million (KRW23.8 billion).

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