×

Korea Box Office: Local Documentary Tops Weekend Chart

SEOUL – An independently-produced Korean documentary beat Hollywood and local blockbusters alike to grab the top spot at Korea’s box office over the weekend (Fri-Sun).

My Love, Don’t Cross That River,” about an elderly couple facing death, took $4.66 million (KRW 5.13 billion) last weekend, overtaking “Interstellar,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and newcomer “The Theory of Everything.” 
 
My Love” opened on Nov. 27 on just 186 screens and within 15 days has taken $7.62 million (KRW 8.38 billion). Currently playing on 806 screens, the film’s running total is 70 times the picture’s production budget of $110,000 (KRW 120 million).

It is the first time in five years that a documentary has topped the box office, since “Old Partner” (2008) featuring an elderly man and his dying cow became the record breaker, with 2.96 million ticket sales.
 
Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” remained at number two, taking $2.91 million (KRW 3.21 million), bringing its cumulative total to $70.51 million (KRW 77.5 billion).
 
“Exodus” dropped two places to third place. Its cumulative is now $10.4 million (KRW 11.4 billion after taking $2.62 million (KRW 2.89 billion) over the weekend.
 
The total market share for the top three films made up nearly 70% of the market share which means that the rest of the top ten saw meager earnings.

“The Theory About Everything” took $1.02 million (KRW 1,121,638,546) and “Love, Rosie,” which also opened on Dec 10, only managed $918,000 (KRW 1.01 billion).

Popular on Variety

The local blockbuster comedy, “Big Match” is winding down rapidly and only took $690,000 (KRW 758 million).

More Film

  • Mickey Rourke

    Film News Roundup: Mickey Rourke's 'Adverse' Opens Fantasporto Festival

    In today’s film news roundup, a Mickey Rourke crime drama will premiere in Portugal, a film about the Purdue Pharma scandal is in the works and the documentary “After Parkland” will be shown at 100 locations on the second anniversary of the Parkland shootings. FESTIVAL OPENER The world premiere of Mickey Rourke’s crime drama “Adverse” [...]

  • Director of the Sundance Film Festival

    Outgoing Sundance Festival Director John Cooper Reflects on 30 Years of Highs and Lows

    John Cooper, the outgoing director of the Sundance Film Festival, has been on Robert Redford’s payroll for 30 years. Many in the small world of Hollywood, and the even smaller ecosystem of global film festivals, braced at the announcement last June that Cooper would step down, taking with him decades of institutional memory. Cooper spoke [...]

  • Sam Rockwell Awards Season Fashion

    Stylist Michael Fisher Discusses Sam Rockwell's Red Carpet Looks

    Stylist Michael Fisher wanted Sam Rockwell’s looks to reflect his dynamic acting: “Sam and I gravitate towards color and pattern.” Sept. 8 “It’s a celebration with Sam every time we have a fitting,” says stylist Michael Fisher of longtime client Rockwell. “He’s such a vibrant, amazing actor and personality, and he really enjoys these moments, [...]

  • Conductor and Composer Eímear Noone pictured

    Oscars to Feature Female Orchestra Conductor for the First Time

    A woman will be conducting at the Oscars for the first time on Sunday, Feb. 9, the Academy announced today. Irish-born composer-conductor Eímear Noone will conduct excerpts from the five nominated scores. She is the first female to lead the orchestra in the history of the televised awards, the Academy said. Details beyond that are [...]

  • Tina Fey attends the "Mean Girls"

    Tina Fey Announces Movie Adaptation of Broadway's 'Mean Girls' Musical

    It’s good to be mean…the “Mean Girls” musical, that is. Producers of the hit Broadway show announced today that the Tony-nominated production is being adapted for the big screen for Paramount Pictures. The musical is based on the 2004 movie of the same name. “I’m very excited to bring ‘Mean Girls’ back to the big screen,’ Tina Fey, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content