[Hollywood Reporter] S. Korea Box Office: Homegrown Documentary Beats ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Exodus’

December 15, 2014


Still shot from "My Love, Don't Cross That River" (YouTube)

Still shot from “My Love, Don’t Cross That River” (YouTube screen capture)


South Korean documentary My Love, Don’t Cross That River topped the country’s box office over the weekend of Dec. 12-14, rising past Hollywood blockbusters Interstellar and Exodus: Gods and Kings.

The tiny indie film, about a Korean couple very much in love after 76 years of marriage, is proving to be a sleeper hit. The title distributed by CGV Movie Collage grabbed 31.6 percent of weekend sales, according to the Korean Film Council’s KOBIS database.

It has earned a cumulative $7.59 million since opening on just a handful of screens on Oct. 23. The film is now being shown on 801 screens and has earned filmmakers more than 70 times what it cost them. They had a microbudget of more than $100,000.