WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE: ‘Escape from Mogadishu’ places first, BLACKPINK film at 9th

Published August 9, 2021, 7:38 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

‘Escape from Mogadishu’ (top) and BLACKPINK (KOFIC / YG Entertainment) 

The Kim Yoon-seok-Jo In-sung film “Escape from Mogadishu” topped the weekend box office in South Korea and emerged as the No. 1 top-grossing Korean film this year to date.  

Based on the numbers from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), “Escape from Mogadishu” emerged as the No. 1 film for the weekend box office from Aug. 6 to 8, selling 480,495 tickets and earning $4.25 million.

The film is the only Korean movie which has sold one million tickets this year and is set to reach 2 million. As of Aug. 9, “Escape from Mogadishu” has sold 1.71 million tickets and grossed $14.46 million. 

It premiered at No. 1 at the Korean box office on July 28 by selling 126,670 tickets, the highest opening day record for a Korean film this year.

“Escape from Mogadishu” tells the story of personnel of the South and North Korean embassies escaping Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. In 1991, a civil war broke out in Mogadishu. The South Korean embassy’s staff and their families became isolated. One night, a group from the North Korean embassy knocks on their door asking for help. Their goal is to escape Mogadishu. 

On the other hand, “BLACKPINK: The Movie,” released on Aug. 4 in South Korea to celebrate the girl group’s fifth anniversary, placed ninth on the weekend box office. 

According to KOFIC, “BLACKPINK: The Movie” sold 5,420 tickets and grossed $62,483 from Aug. 6 to 8 to place ninth overall. From Aug. 4 to 9, or in six days, the movie has recorded 11,761 in total admissions and $134,412 in earnings. 

Here are the 10 top-grossing films in South Korea based on the weekend box office from Aug. 6 to 9: 

1. “Escape from Mogadishu” (South Korea) – 480,495 (tickets sold) / $4,255,825 (gross) 

2. “The Suicide Squad” (US) – 177,435 / $1,656,694 

3. “Boss Baby: Family Business” (US) – 78,544 / $639,738 

4. “Black Widow” (US) – 51,381 / $465,031 

5. “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s New Dinosaur” (Japan) – 27,695 / $215,058 

6. “Jungle Cruise” (US) – 25,652  / $218,689 

7. “The Cursed: Dead Man’s Prey” (South Korea) – 13,961 / $124,022 

8. “The Green Knight” (US) – 6,697 / $56,107 

9. “BLACKPINK: The Movie” (South Korea) – 5,420 / $62,483 

10. “The Medium” (South Korea) – 4,582 / $44,119

 
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