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).

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

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