Korea Box Office: Music Drama ‘C’est Si Bon’ Hits Top Note

SEOUL — After three weeks in which a trio of titles held on to the top spots, new release “C’est Si Bon” finally broke the box office deadlock in South Korea.

The nostalgic music drama handled by CJ Entertainment earned $4.63 million in its first four days and accounted for 23% of theatrical market share, according to KOBIS, the Korean Film Council’s box office tracking service.

In second place was Disney animation “Big Hero 6,” which hit 2 million cumulative admissions over the weekend and scored weekly revenue of $3.63 million for a total haul of $16.3 million.

Patriotic local melodrama “Ode to My Father,” in its eighth week, has now topped 13 million admissions. Overtaking the previous record-holder, 2006’s “The Host,” “Ode” is now the second largest Korean film in history, behind last year’s “Roaring Currents” and the third biggest film of all time if “Avatar” is included.

During the week another previous chart-topper, “Gangnam Blues,” briefly reclaimed the top spot, but dropped later. The noir action drama now stands at 2.08 million admissions and a three-week cume of $15.39 million.

Warner Bros. title “Jupiter Ascending” opened with $344,000 Thursday and wrapped up its first week at $2.03 million. With relatively low occupancy rate of 19%, it is expected to lose almost half its screens as of Feb. 11.

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