Korea Field Workplace: Robust Debut for ‘Hansan,’ Greatest Month of the 12 months
A robust debut for “Hansan: Rising Dragon,” a locally-made historic motion movie, lifted the South Korean box office to its second highest weekend of the yr and helped July to be the very best month of 2022.
The movie is a prequel to “Roaring Currents” a story of an heroic 14th century naval admiral that amassed some 17 million admissions in 2014 and is at present the most-watched Korean movie of all time.
Knowledge from KOBIS, the monitoring service operated by the Korean Movie Council (Kofic), confirmed that “Hansan” earned $13.4 million from 1.63 million ticket gross sales between Friday and Sunday, for a market share of 60%. Over its first 5 days in theaters, the movie amassed $17.9 million from 2.27 million spectators.
That makes it solely the third Korean movie to date this yr to go the two million ticket gross sales mark, behind “The Roundup” which has now reached 12.7 million spectators and $100.4 million in revenues and “The Witch: Half 2. The Different One,” which scored $22.4 million from 2.80 million ticket gross sales.
“Hansan” retains the identical director Kim Han-min as “Roaring Currents” and has equally stirred up nationalistic components. It depicts a well-known battle in opposition to Japanese invaders in 1592. And it has gained crucial reward for story-telling and a large 51 minutes of battle scenes.
Its fortunes are in distinction with “Alienoid,” which topped the field workplace every week earlier, however which slipped by 70% and fell to fourth place. The sci-fi story earned $1.55 million and has a cumulative of $10.9 million after 12 days on launch.
Cinemagoing nationwide was supported by the robust persevering with efficiency of two different movies: “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and “High Gun Maverick.” The general nationwide field workplace whole for the weekend was $22.0 million, a determine solely overwhelmed by the opening body of “The Roundup.”
Kobis additionally exhibits that July was the very best month this yr on the field workplace, with 16.2 million spectators delivering gross revenues of KRW170 billion ($130 million). It follows a January to April interval that was blighted by COVID restrictions and a powerful rebound from Might onwards.
For the yr so far, cinemagoing in Korea has recorded 61.2 million spectators and a cumulative field workplace of KRW623 billion ($477 million). In spectator phrases that’s down 53% in contrast with 2019’s 131 million after seven months, and a 44% lag in money phrases in contrast with a January to July 2019 cumulative of KRW1.11 trillion.
“Minions” held on to second place. However it misplaced 40% in its second week of launch. It earned $2.61 million over the weekend and now has a 12-day cumulative of $11.2 million.
“High Gun Maverick” earned $2.47 million in third place and now has a cumulative of $57.5 million since launch on June 22, 2022. In ticket gross sales phrases, it now has greater than 7 million and is prone to overtake the 2021-22 rating of “Spider-Man: No Method Dwelling.” “High Gun” is the second largest movie launched in Korea in 2022, whereas “Hansan” is already the seventh ranked.
Over the newest weekend, “Pororo Film: Dragon Fortress Journey” opened in fifth place with a three-day whole of $959,000.
“Choice to Depart” took sixth place, down from fourth, and $663,000. After a month on launch, it has accrued $13.2 million from 1.67 million spectators.
“Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween” took $248,000 for a 3 week whole of $3.28 million. “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which has under-performed in Korea, earned $54,000 for a four-week cumulative of $22.5 million.
“Emergency Declaration,” a a lot delayed Korean catastrophe motion movie, took tenth place with $41,000 earned from ten screens over the weekend. It launched in broad launch on Wednesday.
EXO live performance film, “Past Reside The Film: Journey The World” took ninth spot with $49,000.