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.”