Korea Box Office: Financial Drama ‘Default’ Makes Top-Place Debut

Opening on Wednesday, local drama “Default” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The CJ Entertainment release earned $11.5 million from 1.57 million admissions over its five opening days. Over the Friday-Sunday weekend, it earned $8.44 millio…

Opening on Wednesday, local drama “Default” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The CJ Entertainment release earned $11.5 million from 1.57 million admissions over its five opening days. Over the Friday-Sunday weekend, it earned $8.44 million from 1.07 million admissions and accounted for 42% of the total weekend revenues. Starring some of […]

Netflix Tunes up Korean Series ‘Hymn of Death’

Global streaming giant, Netflix has picked up 3-part Korean tragedy “Hymn of Death.” It will begin screening from next month. The well-known story depicts Korea’s first soprano Yun Sim-deok and her genius playwright boyfriend Kim Woo-jin. The tragic ro…

Global streaming giant, Netflix has picked up 3-part Korean tragedy “Hymn of Death.” It will begin screening from next month. The well-known story depicts Korea’s first soprano Yun Sim-deok and her genius playwright boyfriend Kim Woo-jin. The tragic romance has previously been presented in formats including films, plays, and musicals. It was notably made as […]

Korea Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Beats ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Burns ‘BTS’

Opening on Wednesday (Nov. 14), Harry Potter spinoff-prequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The Warner Bros. release earned $11.8 million from 1.52 million admissions over its opening five d…

Opening on Wednesday (Nov. 14), Harry Potter spinoff-prequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The Warner Bros. release earned $11.8 million from 1.52 million admissions over its opening five days. “Bohemian Rhapsody” remained in second spot for the third consecutive weekend. The biographical film about Queen […]

Netflix Adds Korean Drama Series ‘Memories of the Alhambra’

Global streaming giant, Netflix has boarded Korean drama series “Memories of the Alhambra.” It stars Hyun Bin (“Secret Garden,” and “My Lovely Sam-Soon”) and Park Shin-hye (“Pinocchio,” “ Heirs”). “Memories of the Alhambra” is a suspense romance drama …

Global streaming giant, Netflix has boarded Korean drama series “Memories of the Alhambra.” It stars Hyun Bin (“Secret Garden,” and “My Lovely Sam-Soon”) and Park Shin-hye (“Pinocchio,” “ Heirs”). “Memories of the Alhambra” is a suspense romance drama that revolves around an investment company CEO who visits Granada, Spain, for a business trip and gets involved in a mysterious […]

Korea Box Office: ‘Intimate Strangers,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Remain on Top

Local comedy “Intimate Strangers” remained on top of the South Korean box office, earning $7.88 million from 1 million admissions between Friday and Sunday. The Lotte Cultureworks release has earned a total of $25.3 million from 3.38 million admissions…

Local comedy “Intimate Strangers” remained on top of the South Korean box office, earning $7.88 million from 1 million admissions between Friday and Sunday. The Lotte Cultureworks release has earned a total of $25.3 million from 3.38 million admissions after two weekends on release. Directed by Lee Jae-kyoo (“The Fatal Encounter”), “Strangers” is a Korean […]

Netflix Greenlights Second Season of Korea’s ‘Kingdom’

Global streaming giant, Netflix is to give a second season to its period mystery action series “Kingdom” from Korea. The first season does not go to air until January 2019. The second season greenlight was announced by CEO Reed Hastings on Thursday at …

Global streaming giant, Netflix is to give a second season to its period mystery action series “Kingdom” from Korea. The first season does not go to air until January 2019. The second season greenlight was announced by CEO Reed Hastings on Thursday at a strategy and content presentation in Singapore. “It is really rare that […]

Korea Box Office: ‘First Man’ Lands on Top at Weekend

Space exploration drama, “First Man” opened on Thursday and moon landed in top spot of the South Korean box office. The UPI release earned $3.48 million from 423,200 admissions over its four opening days. Korean drama, “Dark Figure of Crime” slipped to…

Space exploration drama, “First Man” opened on Thursday and moon landed in top spot of the South Korean box office. The UPI release earned $3.48 million from 423,200 admissions over its four opening days. Korean drama, “Dark Figure of Crime” slipped to second from the previous weekend’s top spot. The Showbox release earned $2.46 million […]

Korea Box Office: ‘Dark Figure of Crime’ Overcomes ‘Venom,’ ‘Star is Born’

Local crime drama, “Dark Figure of Crime” jumped to top spot at the South Korean box office, toppling the previous week’s winner, “Venom.” The Showbox release earned $4.42 million from 553,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $…

Local crime drama, “Dark Figure of Crime” jumped to top spot at the South Korean box office, toppling the previous week’s winner, “Venom.” The Showbox release earned $4.42 million from 553,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $22.0 million from 2.83 million admissions after two weekends. “Venom,” incurred a week-on-week drop of […]

Korea Box Office: ‘Venom’ Splits Weekend With ‘Dark Figure of Crime’

Released on Wednesday, American action thriller, ‘Venom’ topped the South Korean box office. The Sony release showed on some 1,300 screens nationwide and earned $16.4 million from 2.08 million admissions over five days. Another Oct. 3 opene…

Released on Wednesday, American action thriller, ‘Venom’ topped the South Korean box office. The Sony release showed on some 1,300 screens nationwide and earned $16.4 million from 2.08 million admissions over five days. Another Oct. 3 opener, South Korean crime drama “Dark Figure of Crime” landed in second. The Showbox release earned $12.6 million between […]

Korea’s Lotte Launches ‘Instructions’ Remake, Asian Blockbuster ‘Divine Fury’

Leading Korean studio Lotte Entertainment will produce a Korean-language remake of Mexican comedy blockbuster “Instructions Not Included.” The group has partnered with Lionsgate-affiliated Globalgate Entertainment, which is developing local…

Leading Korean studio Lotte Entertainment will produce a Korean-language remake of Mexican comedy blockbuster “Instructions Not Included.” The group has partnered with Lionsgate-affiliated Globalgate Entertainment, which is developing local-language versions of the Eugenio Derbez-directed picture. “In addition to distribution rights, our sales and acquisitions businesses, we also see the growing importance of remake deals and […]

Korea Box Office: Local Holiday Tentpoles Continue Domination

The Korean tentpoles which dominated the Chuseok week, continued to rule the South Korean box office over the latest weekend. Costume action drama “The Great Battle” remained on top, accounting for 43% of the weekend total. The Next Entertainment World…

The Korean tentpoles which dominated the Chuseok week, continued to rule the South Korean box office over the latest weekend. Costume action drama “The Great Battle” remained on top, accounting for 43% of the weekend total. The Next Entertainment World release earned $6.43 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $35 million from […]

Korea’s ‘Monstrum’ Scores Rare Sales Deal in China

South Korean creature movie, “Monstrum” was licensed for distribution in China. The move comes after two years in which Korean entertainment has been unwelcome in the Middle Kingdom. The sale of the film, to Star Alliance Movies, was announced by sales…

South Korean creature movie, “Monstrum” was licensed for distribution in China. The move comes after two years in which Korean entertainment has been unwelcome in the Middle Kingdom. The sale of the film, to Star Alliance Movies, was announced by sales agent Finecut. It also inked a deal with Singapore-based Clover Films for release of […]

Korea Box Office: ‘Searching’ Climbs to Top Spot

Improving its score by 62% in its second weekend, Sony’s “Searching” climbed to top of the South Korean box office. Starring Korean-American actor John Cho, the drama earned $5.79 million from 768,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of…

Improving its score by 62% in its second weekend, Sony’s “Searching” climbed to top of the South Korean box office. Starring Korean-American actor John Cho, the drama earned $5.79 million from 768,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $13.0 million from 1.74 million admissions after two weekends. It accounted for 50% of […]

‘The Witch’ Sold to CJ, Culture Entertainment for Asia, Japan

Korean revenge thriller “The Witch” was acquired across multiple Asian territories by CJ E&M Hong Kong, an offshoot of CJ Entertainment. The film is set for a private screening on Monday at the Toronto Film Festival. The CJ group has various exhibi…

Korean revenge thriller “The Witch” was acquired across multiple Asian territories by CJ E&M Hong Kong, an offshoot of CJ Entertainment. The film is set for a private screening on Monday at the Toronto Film Festival. The CJ group has various exhibition, distribution and production interests across Southeast Asia including the CJ-CGV multiplex businesses in […]

Korea Box Office: ‘Wedding Day’ Remains Top, Ahead of ‘Searching’

Local romantic drama, “On Your Wedding Day” remained on top of the South Korean box office. The Megabox release earned $4.5 million from 568,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $14.7 million after two weekends. Released on Wednesday…

Local romantic drama, “On Your Wedding Day” remained on top of the South Korean box office. The Megabox release earned $4.5 million from 568,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $14.7 million after two weekends. Released on Wednesday, American thriller “Searching” landed in second. Starring Korean-American actor John Cho, the Sony release […]

Korea Box Office: ‘Wedding Day’ Tops ‘Witness,’ as Local Titles Remain Strong

Korean romantic drama “On Your Wedding Day” landed on top of the South Korean box office. That helped local titles remain strong and account for more than 75% of the total weekend box office. Opening on Wednesday, “Wedding Day” earned $7.06 million fro…

Korean romantic drama “On Your Wedding Day” landed on top of the South Korean box office. That helped local titles remain strong and account for more than 75% of the total weekend box office. Opening on Wednesday, “Wedding Day” earned $7.06 million from 901,000 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday. Featuring young stars Park Bo-young (“Collective […]

Korea Box Office: Headed by ‘The Witness’ Local Films Dominate the Weekend

A trio of locally-made films — “The Witness,” “The Spy Gone North” and “Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days” — took top three spots at the South Korean box office. Opening on the National Liberation Day, crime thriller “Witness” debuted o…

A trio of locally-made films — “The Witness,” “The Spy Gone North” and “Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days” — took top three spots at the South Korean box office. Opening on the National Liberation Day, crime thriller “Witness” debuted on top, beating the previous week’s winner, “49 Days.” The Next Entertainment World […]

Korean Actress Lee Ha-nee Signs with WME, AGI for Hollywood Debut

Leading Korean actress, Lee Ha-nee has signed with Hollywood agents Phillip Sun of WME and David Unger of Artist International Group. The deals are intended to extend the actress’ acting scope to include Hollywood, and were announced Thursday by Korean…

Leading Korean actress, Lee Ha-nee has signed with Hollywood agents Phillip Sun of WME and David Unger of Artist International Group. The deals are intended to extend the actress’ acting scope to include Hollywood, and were announced Thursday by Korean independent talent management agency Saram Entertainment. A former Miss Korea winner in 2006 and a […]

Korea Box Office: ‘Along with the Gods’ Sequel Beats Trio of Prominent Newcomers

“Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days” headed towards the record books and remained atop the South Korean box office. It beat a trio of prominent newcomers. The Lotte Entertainment release earned $12.2 million from 1.57 million admissions between Frid…

“Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days” headed towards the record books and remained atop the South Korean box office. It beat a trio of prominent newcomers. The Lotte Entertainment release earned $12.2 million from 1.57 million admissions between Friday and Sunday, for a total of $70.9 million after two weekends on release. “The […]

Korea Box Office: ‘Along With the Gods’ Sequel Beats ‘Mission Impossible’

“Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days” broke multiple records in Korea. It kept international hit “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” in second place. The second part of Lotte’s “Along with the Gods” series, was released on Wednesday, when it scored a rec…

“Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days” broke multiple records in Korea. It kept international hit “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” in second place. The second part of Lotte’s “Along with the Gods” series, was released on Wednesday, when it scored a record $8.79 million for an opening day. In five days, the Kim Yong-hwa-directed […]

Netflix Picks Up Korean Medical Drama Series ‘Life’

Netflix has acquired distribution rights to Korean-produced medical drama “Life” for imminent distribution in multiple Asian territories. The show will air in the U.S. later this year. “Life” hails from Lee Su-yeon, writer of “Stranger,” a series which…

Netflix has acquired distribution rights to Korean-produced medical drama “Life” for imminent distribution in multiple Asian territories. The show will air in the U.S. later this year. “Life” hails from Lee Su-yeon, writer of “Stranger,” a series which won the grand prize in TV at the 54th Baeksang Arts Awards in Korea. It is directed by […]