Korea Box Office: ‘Gangnam Blues,’ ‘Big Hero 6’ Finally Topple ‘Ode’

SEOUL — “Ode to My Father,” which had sat on top of the Korean box office for the past six weeks, was finally toppled. But newcomers “Gangnam Blues” and “Big Hero 6” were almost neck and neck over the Jan. 19—25 January.

“Gangnam Blues,” a local noir action movie written and directed by Yoo Ha, opened last Wednesday and beat “Ode” by drawing 150,000 admissions on the opening day. The action movie earned $7.57 million in its opening 5 days.

Arriving initially in third slot was another newcomer “Big Hero 6,” the first Disney animated feature based on a Marvel property. The Golden Globe Awards-nominated animation topped the chart on Sunday, narrowly beating “Gangnam” by scoring $5.03 million from the weekend alone. Over its five day run it managed $6.31 million, for second place behind “Gangnam,” but ahead of “ode.”

Melodrama “Ode” pushed its total past 12 million admissions Sunday and recorded a cumulative haul of $86.55 million, according to KOBIS, the box office tracking service of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

Two local dramas handled by Korea’s major distributors “Love Forecast” and “Chronicles of a Blood Merchant” both saw slumps, of 42% and 55% respectively. 

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Splitting the two was “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” the top U.S. title from the previous week. It was watched by 140,000 spectators during the weekend and now has a cumulative box office score of $6.20 million.

“John Wick” opened in seventh spot with $465,000. “Ex Machina,” a sci-fi thriller handled by Universal Pictures International Korea, opened on the same day as leaders “Gangnam” and “Big Hero 6.” Showing on 204 screens nationwide, the movie scored $413,700 on 55,200 admissions in its first 5 days.

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