Korean Film News


Box Office: January 31 - February 1, 2004 / 2004-02-05






Several films opened at the box-office this weekend, but the top of the chart remained the same, with box-office smash Silmido and CJ Entertainment's Once Upon a Time in High School adding to their totals. Silmido has now passed 2001's Friend to become the top-grossing Korean film of all time (see related story in news section), and the film appears likely to reach the as yet unscaled plateau of 10 million admissions.

Two Korean films also debuted this weekend, with romance Au Revoir, U.F.O. performing the best with 38,000 admissions for third place on the chart. The film stars actor KIM Beom-soo and actress LEE Eun-ju in the story of a bus driver who falls in love with a blind woman. Meanwhile, Spy Girl starring debut actress KIM Jung-hwa earned a slightly disappointing 17,468 admissions for #6 on the chart.

Japanese critical and commercial hit Zatoichi by KITANO Takeshi also debuted this week, but as the film's distributor declined to provide figures it does not appear on the chart. The film has reportedly grossed in the neighborhood of 20,000 - 25,000 admissions over the two-day weekend.

title (distributor) Seoul 2-day admissions -- (Nationwide to January 25)
1. Silmido (Cinema Service) 115,300 (8,576,000)
2. Spirits of Jeet Kune Do: Once Upon a Time in High School (CJ Entertainment) 83,000 (2,620,416)
3. Au Revoir, U.F.O. (Tube Entertainment) 38,000 (120,000)
4. Paycheck (CJ Entertainment) 28,000 (520,000)
5. 100 Days With Mr. Arrogant (Cinema Service) 24,000 (1,415,000)

Source: distributor estimates published in Cine21 magazine

Darcy Paquet