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Korea Box Office: ‘Ode’ and ‘Love Forecast’ top Chart, ‘Sniper’ Opens in Eighth

SEOUL — South Korean drama “Ode to My Father” remained on top of the local box office for the fifth consecutive week, reaping 28% percent of weekend sales for the 12—18 January period.

The nostalgic melodrama crossed 10 million admissions last Wednesday, becoming the 11th Korean film, and 14th overall to pass that milestone and to be seen by a fifth of the local population (50 million). The movie has a cumulative haul of $79.9 million, according to KOBIS, the box office tracking service of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). “Ode” will have its international premiere in the Berlinale’s Panorama section next month.

It narrowly beat newcomer “Love Forecast,” a local romantic comedy which earned $7.16 million in its opening 5 days. “Love Forecast” actually topped “Ode” by a whisker for two days (15—16 January).

Another new local drama “Chronicle of a Blood Merchant,” a film adaptation of the bestselling 1995 Chinese novel of the same title by Yu Hua, was in third with $3.10 million from the weekend and $4.25 million in total.

Meanwhile, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” was the top U.S. title with $3.85 million, followed by holdover “Penguins of Madagascar” with $1.46 million for the week, giving it a total of $11.11 million.

Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Korea, “Taken 3” showed a 69% drop from the previous week, grossing total $14.7 million.

American Sniper,” handled by Warner Bros. Korea, opened in the eighth spot with an opening shot of $1.19 million in its opening 5 days. It scored 158,000 admissions from 303 screens nationwide, making it the second highest opening in Korea for an Eastwood movie behind “Million Dollar Baby,” which opened to 257,000 admissions in 2005.

Local documentary sensation, “My Love Don’t Cross That River” narrowly remains on the top 10 chart and now stands on a cumulative gross of $34.3 million since its release on 27 November last year.

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