South Korea Box Office: 'Museum 3,' 'American Sniper' Debut in Fourth, Fifth Spots
Local hits dominate, led by 'Ode to My Father,' which tops the ranking for the fifth straight week.
South Korean drama Ode to My Father topped the country's box office for the fifth consecutive week from Jan. 16-18, while Night at the Museum 3 debuted in fourth place amid the strong performance of other homegrown titles.
Ode to My Father earned $6 million by taking 27.6 percent of weekend sales, according to the Korean Film Council's KOBIS database. This brings the CJ Entertainment family drama's total gross to more than $80 million.
Last week, the JK Youn movie became the 11th homegrown film to take 10 million admissions in Korea. Observers in the country primarily rank films by admissions. Having drawn more than 11 million admissions as of Monday, Ode is expected to outperform Youn's other blockbuster, Tidal Wave (aka Haeundae; CJ Entertainment), which brought in 11.45 million admissions in 2009.
Love Forecast, another South Korean title handled by CJ Entertainment, briefly topped Ode late in the week but finished the weekend in the second spot. The romantic comedy trailed close behind Ode by taking 23.7 percent of the weekend revenue, earning a total $7.22 million since hitting screens on Jan. 14.
Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, a local picture directed by and starring Korean A-lister Ha Jung-woo, debuted in third. Distributed by Next Entertainment World (NEW), the retro drama accounted for 14.3 percent of weekend box-office revenue and has so far cashed in $4.25 million. The film ranked fourth in terms of admissions (582,882).
Night at the Museum 3, which also opened on Jan. 14, took fourth place by grabbing 13.7 percent of sales. It has so far earned a cumulative $3.87 million. The two previous films of the franchise, both of which were also distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Korea, were successful in Korea: The first film took $22.57 million, using Korean Film Council data that may differ from the studio's, while the second title earned about $11.65 million.
Securing fifth place was American Sniper, which took 4 percent of the weekend revenue in South Korea. Handled by Warner Bros. Korea, the Oscar-nominated film has grossed a total of about $1.2 million.