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May 28, 2015
  • Writer by LEE Yu-jin
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Korean Films Threatened by Hollywood Blockbusters

The Chronicles of Evil
, which was the first domestic film to have reached the top of the Korean box office in 44 weeks, was pushed back down by the popularity of foreign films and had to settle in 3rd place. The film brought in 415,883 admissions over the weekend with a cumulative count of 1,599,115. Although the number of ticket sales has decreased, there’s no doubt the film will pass the break-even point of 1.6 million.

The Treacherous, which was also aiming for the top spot following The Chronicles of Evil, scored 392,608 over the first weekend to a cumulative admissions of 485,160, which put the period film in 4th on the chart. On the first day of it’s release on the 21st, The Treacherous enjoyed a day of standing in the top spot, but it had been pushed down by the Hollywood film Mad Max: Fury Road. The Treacherous is a combination of period political drama and eroticism, and due to the mature content, the audience response seems to depend on their personal tastes on such subject matter. However, the film is still hoping to get more admissions through word of mouth.

While Korean films were performing slowly, Avengers: Age of Ultron passed the records of Frozen (2014) and Interstellar (2014). With 175,583 more ticket sales during the weekend, the film is currently standing at 10,311,562, putting itself into 2nd place after Avatar (2009), which recorded 13,302,637, in the all-time foreign film chart.

The action hero film is currently in 11th place in the all-time chart of both domestic and foreign films, just behind King and the Clown (2005) with 10,523,715. Although it’s going into the 6th week of running, the Marvel film is going strong with 450 screens and can be as a strong contender for one of top ten in the near future.
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