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  • JANG Joon-hwan’s Comeback Opens Strong
  • by Pierce Conran /  Oct 14, 2013
  • HWAYI Cracks 1 Million Admissions in 5 Days

    His debut may have become a cult film around the world but JANG Joon-hwan’s Save the Green Planet was a huge flop when it originally bowed in theaters all the way back in 2003. Following a decade-long draught, featuring some modest short form projects and a number of unrealized projects, the helmer has finally returned with Hwayi: A Monster Boy, his sophomore feature.
    Following his debut’s measly 35,000 admissions, JANG’s new film opened to ten times that total on its opening day, October 9th, when it scored 360,273 ticket sales. Now, after having accrued 719,443 admission during the weekend, Hwayi: A Monster Boy has breached the one million mark in only five days, reaching an early total of 1,213,903 by the end of October 13th.
    Also still hot on the charts was LEE Joon-ik dramatic comeback Hope, as it dipped only 8% for 444,589 sales over the passed frame and a 1,719,769 admissions total to date. The film has been out for 12 days.
    Further down the charts were Tough As Iron and The Face Reader, with 133,250 and 120,126 viewers, respectively. Korean films accounted for a stellar 86.5% of business over the weekend. However, a significant drop is expected as the incoming Hollywood event picture Gravity is poised to draw in large crowds, as indicated by its high reservation rate.
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