Korean Box Office: ‘Pirates’ Sells 7 Million Tickets Despite Hollywood Comeback

SEOUL- With just a few days left until the long Korean Thanksgiving weekend, period actioner “The Pirates” held on to its No. 1 position at the Korean box office, despite competition from several mid-sized Hollywood releases.

Including holdovers, U.S. productions accounted for seven of the top 10 titles.

Into the Storm” (pictured), which opened on Aug. 28, took second place, and pushed out “Roaring Currents,” the epic maritime battle picture that is now the most watched film in Korean history and has grossed $129 million.

Into the Storm” scored $4.80 million and accounted for 25% of the overall market. That was just short of “Pirates” which managed $4.81 million on the week and reached a cumulative total of $53.2 million. There were cast and crew celebrations as the film passed 7 million ticket sales.

“Begin Again” continued to do well, jumping one spot to fourth place with $2.29 million on the weekend (12% of overall ticket sales), taking its cumulative B.O. to $6.33 million.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” released on Aug. 28, was No. 5, taking $2.16 million on its opening weekend from 479 screens.

Another U.S. title “The Fault in Our Stars” dropped three places to sixth spot, taking $626,000 on the weekend for a cume of $5.54 million. Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were “Brick Mansions,” “Sea Fog,” new release “The Purge: Anarchy” and “Planes 2,” which each took around 1% of overall sales.

Next week’s major Chuseok holiday runs from Sept. 7 to 9 and should deliver a fresh-looking chart and bonanza for some.

Currently heading the ticket reservation charts is E-J Yong’s family drama “My Brilliant Life,” starring Kang Dong-won and Song Hye-gyo and handled by CJ Entertainment. It appears undented by the scandal and public apology by Song for her tax evasion.

Also upcoming is gangster picture “Tazza 2” and international hit “Lucy,” with South Korea’s Choi Min-sik in a lead role. And “Ninja Turtles” may hold well, given the family-orientation of the holidays.

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