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The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

The Lovers And The Despot
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $53,442Details
International Box Office $51,115Details
Worldwide Box Office $104,557
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Tells the story of young, ambitious South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee, who met and fell in love in 1950s post-war Korea. In the 70s, after reaching the top of Korean society following a string of successful films, Choi was kidnapped in Hong Kong by North Korean agents and taken to meet Kim Jong-il. While searching for Choi, Shin also was kidnapped, and following five years of imprisonment, the couple was reunited by the movie-obsessed Kim, who declared them his personal filmmakers. Choi and Shin planned their escape, but not before producing 17 feature films for the dictator and gaining his trust in the process.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
77% - Certified Fresh
61% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 23rd, 2016 (Limited) by Magnolia Pictures
International Releases: September 8th, 2016 (Wide), released as The Lovers and the Despot (South Korea)
September 23rd, 2016 (Wide), released as The Lovers and the Despot (United Kingdom)
Video Release: September 23rd, 2016 by Magnolia Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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Keywords: South Korea, North Korea, Movie Director, Film Actor, Kidnap, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, Government Corruption, 1960s, 1970s, Escape

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,230 $1,010 Oct 21, 2016 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,708 $1,720 Oct 14, 2016 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,101 $3,444 Oct 7, 2016 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,728 $14,495 Sep 30, 2016 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,609 $14,925 Sep 23, 2016 3

Production and Technical Credits


Theater Averages: The Week’s Best Average Money can Buy is $9,511

September 28th, 2016

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Limited and VOD Releases: Dirty 30 is Apt Description

September 23rd, 2016

Queen of Katwe

Like last week, approximately 30 films open in limited release this week. That is far too many and all but ensures most will not find an audience. Furthermore, it means I have to be a little more liberal when it comes to pruning releases that don’t have enough buzz to talk about. There are lots of films that still made the cut, including a few highlights: The Age of Shadows, Audrie & Daisy, The Dressmaker, The Lovers And The Despot, My Blind Brother, and Queen of Katwe. Some of these are playing on VOD, so they will go nowhere in theaters. Several are aiming for Oscars, including Queen of Katwe, which will expand semi-wide next week. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/09/23 60 $14,925   8 $1,866   $14,925 3
2016/09/30 58 $14,495 -3% 13 $1,115   $37,102 10
2016/10/07 84 $3,444 -76% 5 $689   $48,071 17
2016/10/14 95 $1,720 -50% 5 $344   $51,348 24
2016/10/21 99 $1,010 -41% 2 $505   $53,442 31

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/09/23 59 $22,607   10 $2,261   $22,607 7
2016/09/30 61 $22,020 -3% 13 $1,694   $44,627 14
2016/10/07 87 $5,001 -77% 5 $1,000   $49,628 21
2016/10/14 94 $2,804 -44% 5 $561   $52,432 28

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
South Korea 9/8/2016 $0 0 75 88 $39,015 10/26/2016
United Kingdom 9/23/2016 $7,198 6 6 11 $12,014 10/12/2016
Rest of World $86
International Total$51,115 10/26/2016

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