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The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

The Lovers And The Despot
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $55,511Details
International Box Office $51,115Details
Worldwide Box Office $106,626
Further financial details...

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  5. Video Sales
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  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

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.

Metrics

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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
Production Countries: United Kingdom

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest Domestic 6th Weekend 6,799 $1,001 Oct 28, 2016 38
Biggest 6th Weekend Limited Release 3,046 $1,001 Oct 28, 2016 38
Theater Average 6th Weekend Limited Release 3,109 $334 Oct 28, 2016 38
Biggest Domestic 5th Weekend 7,318 $1,010 Oct 21, 2016 31
Biggest 5th Weekend Limited Release 3,302 $1,010 Oct 21, 2016 31
Theater Average 5th Weekend Limited Release 3,108 $505 Oct 21, 2016 31
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 7,798 $1,720 Oct 14, 2016 24
Biggest 4th Weekend Limited Release 3,521 $1,720 Oct 14, 2016 24
Theater Average 4th Weekend Limited Release 3,814 $344 Oct 14, 2016 24
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 8,192 $3,444 Oct 7, 2016 17
Biggest 3rd Weekend Limited Release 3,660 $3,444 Oct 7, 2016 17
Theater Average 3rd Weekend Limited Release 3,880 $689 Oct 7, 2016 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 7,815 $14,495 Sep 30, 2016 10
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 3,132 $14,495 Sep 30, 2016 10
Theater Average 2nd Weekend Limited Release 4,240 $1,115 Sep 30, 2016 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 8,683 $14,925 Sep 23, 2016 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 3,772 $14,925 Sep 23, 2016 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 5,470 $1,866 Sep 23, 2016 3
Theater Average Limited Release 21,071 $1,866 Sep 23, 2016 3
Top 2016 Theater Average Limited Release 798 $1,866 Sep 23, 2016 3
Never Wide Domestic 5,333 $55,511 Sep 23, 2016 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 8,795 $55,511 Sep 23, 2016 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 2,819 5 Sep 23, 2016 0

Production and Technical Credits

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

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Limited and VOD Releases: Dirty 30 is Apt Description

September 23rd, 2016

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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 86 $3,444 -76% 5 $689   $48,071 17
2016/10/14 97 $1,720 -50% 5 $344   $51,348 24
2016/10/21 106 $1,010 -41% 2 $505   $53,442 31
2016/10/28 98 $1,001 -1% 3 $334   $55,180 38

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/09/23 60 $22,607   10 $2,261   $22,607 7
2016/09/30 62 $22,020 -3% 13 $1,694   $44,627 14
2016/10/07 89 $5,001 -77% 5 $1,000   $49,628 21
2016/10/14 103 $2,804 -44% 5 $561   $52,432 28
2016/10/21 109 $1,747 -38% 2 $874   $54,179 35
2016/10/28 106 $1,332 -24% 3 $444   $55,511 42

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
South Korea 9/8/2016 $0 0 76 89 $38,708 10/27/2016
United Kingdom 9/23/2016 $7,198 6 6 11 $12,014 10/12/2016
 
Rest of World $393
 
International Total$51,115 10/27/2016

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