‘Gravity’ no match for ‘Thor’

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‘Gravity’ no match for ‘Thor’

“Thor: The Dark World” topped the Korean box office only one week after its release.

According to the Korean Film Council, the film garnered 42 percent of all ticket sales from Wednesday to Sunday, earning about 8 billion won ($7.6 million) after its release on Wednesday. It even hit the 1 million admissions mark.

Some argued it might be difficult for “Thor” to be a hit in the Korean box office after a controversy arose when the distributor, Sony Pictures, opposed a new interest distribution proposal from the largest Korean cinema chain, CJ CGV.

CGV sought to adjust the interest rate from the previous ratio of 6:4 to 5:5 but Sony Pictures objected, calling it “one-way notification.” The controversy led to the cancellation of some screenings last month.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood hit “Gravity” surrendered its top position, but it is still booming in IMAX and 3D theaters. It has garnered 2.31 million admissions since its release.

“Accomplices” was in third place with 1.33 million admissions, followed by the local films, “No Breathing” and “Days of Wrath,” in fourth and fifth place, respectively.


BY BAEK HEE-YOUN CONTRIBUTING WRITER [estyle@joongang.co.kr]
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