‘Stoker’ pulls in $158,800 after release in America

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‘Stoker’ pulls in $158,800 after release in America

Park Chan-wook’s Hollywood debut “Stoker” has grossed more than $158,800 in the United States just over three days since its limited release there.

Due to its specialty genre, Park’s first English-language production managed to secure spots at only seven theaters, but pulled in an impressive $22,686 per location, the highest revenue per theater last week.

Written by actor-turned-screenwriter Wentworth Miller (star of “Prison Break”) and co-produced by Ridley Scott and the late Tony Scott, the Gothic tale revolves around teenager India (Mia Wasikowska) and her volatile mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman).

The story unfolds as the girl’s father (Dermot Mulroney) dies in a car accident. His presence is replaced by the enigmatic yet charming Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who moves in with India and her mother.

India intrinsically senses the insidious intentions of Uncle Charlie but finds herself unable to resist her uncle’s charms in a delicate transition to womanhood.

Since its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year, the film has won acclaim from critics at home and abroad.

Variety’s Guy Lodge praised “Stoker” as “a splendidly demented gumbo of Hitchcock thriller, American Gothic fairy tale and a contemporary kink all Park’s own,” while Hollywood Reporter said that “Park offers one of the most artful chillers in ages.”

Yet the Associated Press’s Jake Coyle gave a more neutral review, saying that “The melodrama doesn’t rise to Pedro Almodovar levels of sublime, but to intoxicating macabre outlandishness.”

Homegrown director Park’s latest feature is set to be shown in some 38 nations around the world. The movie’s distributor, 20th Century Fox, said that following its release last Thursday in Korea, the film will open in Hong Kong and Thailand.

The family mystery is also slated to screen in England, the Philippines, Indonesia and Argentina among other locations.

By Park Eun-jee [ejpark@joongang.co.kr]
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