2006, June 22
“A Dirty Carnival” directed by Yoo Ha drew the most viewers at the box office on Tuesday, with some 80,000 viewers at 390 theaters nationwide, leaving U.S. blockbuster “X-Men: The Last Stand” behind, which tallied some 75,000 viewers at 428 theaters.
“A Dirty Carnival” has become the first Korean movie in seven weeks to beat Hollywood blockbusters that had topped the box office here since “Mission: Impossible 3” was released on May 3. The top spot has since been occupied by “The Da Vinci Code,” “Poseidon,” and “X-Men” before “A Dirty Carnival” captured it on Tuesday.
The news particularly pleased the Korean film industry, although it is just a daily tally. CJ Entertainment, the movie’s distributor, said, “We expected that the movie would draw more viewers than ‘X-Men’ from Monday, and it finally did on Tuesday. The difference is no more than several thousand people, but we are really happy.” On Monday, “A Dirty Carnival” drew 55,000 viewers, closely following “X-Men” with 60,600, after trailing the U.S. movie by a large margin over the weekend.
Now it remains to be seen whether “Les Formidables,” “A.P.T.” and other Korean movies to be released soon can maintain the momentum generated by “A Dirty Carnival.” Hollywood blockbusters waiting to be released are “Superman Returns” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”