Seen in Jeonju

Korean Box Office: Feb. 18-20

20th February 2011


Children (listed last week as Aideul) landed at number one in what turned out to be a rather poor weekend attendence-wise for films in general. This was the first weekend of real spring weather which was really needed after this winter–especially for the poor people living in the eastern provinces of Korea who were buried under snow. I will give my opinion on Children later this week–possibly tomorrow. Late Autumn, starring popular talent Hyeon Bin, landed in the number two position.  Detective K remained strong and now has gathered more than 4 million viewers since it opened at the end of last month. Last week, I listed a film Geudaereul Saranghabnida.  KOFIC has assigned it the title I Love You but has indicated that this is a working title implying that it could change at some point in the future. It has not yet assigned an English title to Hyeoltoo, listed below as opening next week. I expect that movie to challenge Children for the number one position next week–but my money is on Children coming out on top again. Black Swan is also opening. While I don’t think it will dominate the box office next week, I have heard good things about it and I am interested in seeing it.


1. ALPHA AND OMEGA (us)– d. Ben Gluk, voiced by Jason Long, Hayden Panettiere

2. BLACK SWAN (us)– d. Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman, Mike Kunis

3. HYEOLTOO (kr)– d. Park Hoon-jeong, starring Park Hee-soon, Jin Gu

4. I AM NUMBER 4 (us)– d. D.J. Caruso, starring Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron

5. MAP OF THE SOUNDS OF TOKYO (es)– d. Isabel Coixet, starring Rinko Kikuchi

6. MECHANIC (us)– d. Simon West, starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster

7. SON OF BABYLON (iraq)– d. Mohamed Al Daradji, starring Yasser Talib, Shazda Hussein

8. SUPERNOVA (us)– d. Anthony Fenkhauser, starring Brian Krause, Heather McComb <opening is Korea as 2012: Supernova>

9. TRUE GRIT (us)– d. Ethan Coen, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon <opeing in Korea as The Brave>

10. YUGIOH THE MOVIE (jp)– d. Kenichi Takeshita

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