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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
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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.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 11,801-11,900) 11,819 $55,511
All Time International Box Office (Rank 8,901-9,000) 8,912 $51,115
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 14,401-14,500) 14,466 $106,626
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 4,601-4,700) 4,601 $55,511

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 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
Running Time: 95 minutes
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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
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Countries: United Kingdom

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Robert Cannan
Producer    Adam Ross
Screenwriter    Jim Hession
Screenwriter    Adam Ross
Screenwriter    Robert Cannan
Producer    Natasha Ojumu
Composer    Nathan Halpern
Editor    Jim Hession
Executive Producer    Lizzie Francke
Executive Producer    Richard Holmes
Executive Producer    Nick Fraser
Executive Producer    Kate Townsend
Executive Producer    Sheryl Crown
Executive Producer    Maggie Monteith
Executive Producer    Victoria Steventon
Executive Producer    Cristina Ljungberg
Executive Producer    Sandra Whipham
Sound Designer    Alastair Sirkett
Archival Producer    Abigail Harding
Co-Editor    Victoria Chalk
Additional Editor    Charlie Hawryliw
Additional Editor    Ollie Huddleston
Additional Editor    David Charap
Music Supervisor    Amine Ramer
Music Supervisor    Connie Farr

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Limited and VOD Releases: Dirty 30 is Apt Description

September 23rd, 2016

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/09/23 60 $14,925   8 $1,866   $14,925 1
2016/09/30 58 $14,495 -3% 13 $1,115   $37,102 2
2016/10/07 86 $3,444 -76% 5 $689   $48,071 3
2016/10/14 97 $1,720 -50% 5 $344   $51,348 4
2016/10/21 106 $1,010 -41% 2 $505   $53,442 5
2016/10/28 99 $1,001 -1% 3 $334   $55,180 6

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/09/23 60 $22,607   10 $2,261   $22,607 1
2016/09/30 62 $22,020 -3% 13 $1,694   $44,627 2
2016/10/07 89 $5,001 -77% 5 $1,000   $49,628 3
2016/10/14 103 $2,804 -44% 5 $561   $52,432 4
2016/10/21 109 $1,747 -38% 2 $874   $54,179 5
2016/10/28 106 $1,332 -24% 3 $444   $55,511 6

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
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

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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