Spackman film Be With You tops South Korea box office on opening day

While many fans enjoy dramatic tearjerkers, others are against the film’s tendency of turning into a cry fest. Be With You is a film that does a satisfactory job of adding the right amount of sadness.
While many fans enjoy dramatic tearjerkers, others are against the film’s tendency of turning into a cry fest. Be With You is a film that does a satisfactory job of adding the right amount of sadness. PHOTO: LOTTE ENTERTAINMENT

SINGAPORE - Be With You, a South Korean film in which Spackman Entertainment Group has invested about US$450,000, opened at No 1 at the South Korean box office on March 14, the first day of its release, the film production company said on Thursday (March 15).

The film garnered total ticket admissions of 112,301 and gross box office revenue of US$805,500 on the opening day. According to the Korean Film Council, Be With You, which was released on 987 screens, captured 34.6 per cent of South Korea's market share of box office revenue for that day.

The fantasy melodrama film based on a Japanese original novel of the same title, which sold over a million copies in 2004, is co-presented by Spackman's wholly owned subsidiaries MS Team Entertainment and Fiftyone K.

Said Richard Lee, Spackman Entertainment's interim chief executive officer and executive director: "As there are potential benefits from multiple revenue streams in conjunction with Spackman Media Group, Be With You serves as an exemplary project that demonstrates the full execution of our multi-pronged approach to films.

"In deriving direct and indirect economic value from various sources including potential income from investment, artistes fees, and co-presenting fees, Be With You is as important financially as one of our own in-house produced films."

Spackman shares ended S$0.002 or 2.3 per cent higher at S$0.09 on Wednesday.