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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 11,901-12,000) 11,997 $55,511
All Time International Box Office (Rank 10,101-10,200) 10,196 $51,115
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 15,601-15,700) 15,604 $106,626
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 4,701-4,800) 4,706 $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

Robert Cannan    Producer
Adam Ross    Producer
Jim Hession    Screenwriter
Adam Ross    Screenwriter
Robert Cannan    Screenwriter
Natasha Ojumu    Producer
Nathan Halpern    Composer
Jim Hession    Editor
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    Executive Producer
Alastair Sirkett    Sound Designer
Abigail Harding    Archival Producer
Victoria Chalk    Co-Editor
Charlie Hawryliw    Additional Editor
Ollie Huddleston    Additional Editor
David Charap    Additional Editor
Amine Ramer    Music Supervisor
Connie Farr    Music Supervisor

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

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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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