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The Age of Shadows (2016)

The Age of Shadows
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $540,268Details
International Box Office $51,407,834Details
Worldwide Box Office $51,948,102
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $26,336 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $26,534 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $52,870
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  8. Trailer


The 1920s, when Korea has fallen under Japanese rule. Lee Jung-chool, a Korean police captain in the Japanese police force, is given a special mission to infiltrate the armed resistance fighting for Korean independence. He approaches Kim Woo-jin, a leader of the resistance. These two men who stand on opposite sides of their historical era, each knowing the identity and intentions of the other, become close without revealing their inner thoughts. Meanwhile intel is being leaked on both sides, and no one knows who the informants are. Members of the resistance meet in Shanghai to obtain explosives that will be used to destroy facilities of the Japanese Headquarters in Seoul, while the Japanese police follow them and gather in Shanghai. The pursued and the pursuers, locked in an operation where each side uses the other and is thrown into a confusion of secret enmity and conciliation. Meanwhile, a train carrying explosives passes the border and heads towards Seoul…


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 8,701-8,800) 8,797 $540,268
All Time International Box Office (Rank 1,501-1,600) 1,529 $51,407,834
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,501-2,600) 2,502 $51,948,102
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 2,101-2,200) 2,199 $540,268

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 23rd, 2016 (Limited) by CJ Entertainment
International Releases: August 25th, 2016 (Limited) (South Korea)
September 7th, 2016 (Wide) (South Korea)
October 28th, 2016 (Limited), released as Age of Shadows (New Zealand)
November 4th, 2016 (Wide), released as The Age Of Shadows (Australia)
March 17th, 2017 (Wide), released as A Idade das Sombras (Portugal)
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Video Release: May 2nd, 2017 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 140 minutes
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Keywords: Japan, Resistance Fighter, Undercover, 1920s, Korea
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Warner Bros., Grimm Pictures, Warner Brothers Korea, Harbin Films
Production Countries: Republic of Korea

Leading Cast

   Lee Jung-chool

Supporting Cast

Yoo Gong    Kim Woo-jin
Han Ji-min    Yeon Gye-soon
Shingo Tsurumi    Higashi
Uhm Tae-goo    Hashimoto
Shin sung rok    Jo Hwe-ryung
Byung-hun Lee    Jung Chae-san
Kim Dong-young    Ha Chul-joo
Lee Seol-goo    Oh Nam-won


Park Hee Soon    Jang-ok

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Production and Technical Credits

Lee Ji-min    Screenwriter
Park Jong-dae    Screenwriter
Kim Jee-woon    Producer
Choi Jae-won    Producer
Yang Jin-mo    Editor
Ji Yong Kim    Director of Photography
Choi Jeong-hwa    Co-Producer
Lee Jin-Sook    Co-Producer

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

Home Market Releases for May 2nd, 2017

May 2nd, 2017

The Red Turtle

We are officially in the worst time of year on the home market. The last of the major Awards Season players have already come out, but it is still too early for the Spring hits to be released. The competition from May Sweeps and the start of the Summer Blockbuster Season means there’s not a lot here that’s going to do well in DVD / Blu-ray sales. Ironically, the lack of a major release means there are a lot of smaller releases that are competing for Pick of the Week, many of which would be lost in the crowd during a busier time of year. This includes I Am Not Your Negro, The Salesman, Real Genius, and Seven Days in May. In the end, I went with The Red Turtle on DVD or Blu-ray as the Pick of the Week. In the meanwhile, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone on Blu-ray gets the Puck of the Week honor, as the “best” Canadian release of the week. I just wish it were coming out in 3D. More...

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...

International Box Office: Bridget Jones’s Baby Bounces its way to Top Spot with $29.00 million

September 22nd, 2016

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Bridget Jones’s Baby struggled when it opened in theaters here, but it earned first place internationally with $29.00 million on 4,866 screens in 39 markets. It opened in its native U.K. with $10.53 million. This is a record opening in the U.K. for its production company, genre, and for the month of September. It is also more than it made here during its opening weekend, despite the U.K. market being five or six times smaller than the domestic market. The film also earned first place in Australia with $2.76 million on 483 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $3.68 million. This is also much better than its debut here, albeit not by as large a margin. The film cost $35 million to make and it has already made more than that worldwide. If it has legs, it will top $100 million internationally, which will be enough to cover its production budget, while it should ensure profitability, eventually. More...

International Box Office: Star Trek opens just Beyond Age Of Shadows with $16.6 million

September 14th, 2016

Star Trek Beyond

There were two films that could lay claim to top spot on the international chart. Star Trek Beyond has the better claim earning $16.6 million over the weekend in 40 markets for totals of $161.5 million internationally and $318.1 million worldwide. Its biggest debut came from Mexico, where it pulled in $1.29 million over the weekend for a four-day opening of $1.43 million. This was enough for first place. The film also remained in first place in China with $11.41 million over the weekend for a two-week total of $53.66 million. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/09/23 31 $165,685   33 $5,021   $165,865 1
2016/09/30 31 $109,329 -34% 31 $3,527   $376,175 2
2016/10/07 45 $50,596 -54% 20 $2,530   $476,756 3
2016/10/14 59 $21,554 -57% 10 $2,155   $526,836 4
2016/10/21 95 $2,720 -87% 3 $907   $540,268 5

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/09/23 28 $266,846   33 $8,086   $266,846 1
2016/09/30 32 $159,314 -40% 31 $5,139   $426,160 2
2016/10/07 48 $79,122 -50% 20 $3,956   $505,282 3
2016/10/14 61 $32,266 -59% 10 $3,227   $537,548 4

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 11/4/2016 $7,119 12 12 12 $7,119 11/7/2016
New Zealand 10/28/2016 $2,445 7 7 7 $2,932 10/31/2016
Portugal 3/17/2017 $984 4 4 4 $984 3/22/2017
South Korea 9/7/2016 $62,672 22 1444 5041 $50,929,784 12/30/2016
Rest of World $467,015
International Total$51,407,834 3/22/2017

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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