WWII sex slave drama tops the charts; Egyptian Gods trail behind
WEEKEND OF: March 4-6, 2016
Figures provided by Variety. Note – Several titles include March 3 debuts.
1. SPIRITS’ HOMECOMING [$4.03 Million]
SPIRITS’ HOMECOMING, the World War II-set tale of a fourteen year old girl forced into the sex trade, finished atop the Korean box office for the weekend of March 6. HOMECOMING chronicles the lives of two adolescent girls ripped from their families, forced into lives of comfort women. The disturbing subject matter hasn’t kept audiences away from theaters: HOMECOMING, released at the end of February, topped the Korean box office its debut weekend, as well.
2. GODS OF EGYPT [$3.55 Million]
An American production, GODS OF EGYPT, directed by Alex Proyas [sci-fi cult classic DARK CITY] and starring Gerard Butler, Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Brenton Thwaites, placed second at the box office. In the face of controversies relating to its casting.
3. ZOOTOPIA [$2.03 Million]
Repping Walt Disney Studios is the new animated comedy ZOOTOPIA. Complete with a cast of voice actors including Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idria Elba, and Tommy Chong (Cheech’s buddy), the film chronicles the adventures of Judy Hoops (Goodwin) in search of becoming a cop in the titular city.
4. DEADPOOL [$1.25 Million]
It was fun, profane, and profitable as hell while it lasted. But it appears that, as we enter March, the DEADPOOL train is slowing down a bit in Korea. After a record-breaking February debut, the irreverent Marvel superhero comedy has fallen to fourth at the Korean box office.
5. DONGJU: THE PORTRAIT OF A POET [$760,000]
On the biopic front, DONGJU placed fifth at the Korean weekend box office. Kang Ha-neul portrays poet Yun Dong-ju, a politically charged artist who faced persecution from Japanese police for his beliefs, dying in prison at twenty-eight.
6. 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI [$656,000]
Making its Korean debut, Michael Bay’s take on the Benghazi terrorist attacks of 2012, starring John Krasinski, placed sixth overall at the weekend box office.
7. A VIOLENT PROSECUTOR [$416,000]
Dark comedy A VIOLENT PROSECUTOR, which made its theatrical debut in early February, keeps on chuggin’ at the Korean box office.
8. SPOTLIGHT [$411,000]
A pair of recent Oscar winners round out the Korean weekend’s box office. Best Picture winner SPOTLIGHT, an examination of the Catholic Church sex scandal that rocked Boston, and far beyond, in the early aughts, placed eighth.
9. ROOM [$364,000]
Rounding out the box office top 9 for the weekend of March 4-6 is ROOM. In February, Brie Larson won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Joy Newsome, a woman kidnapped and abused for years, resulting in the birth of a son who she escapes with.