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‘The Great Battle’ continues to top the box office: Chuseok releases dominate theaters in their second weekend

Oct 02,2018
Period drama “The Great Battle” held on to the top spot of the weekend box office in its second weekend. [NEXT ENTERTAINMENT WORLD]
The three highly-anticipated films released in time for the holiday last week held on to the top three spots at the weekend box office. The only newcomer that made it into the top ten last weekend was comedy “The Soul-Mate,” which arrived at fourth.

The mega-budget period epic “The Great Battle” remained invincible in its second weekend while crime flick “The Negotiation” pushed its way up to the second spot, pushing historical drama “Fengshui” down to third.

“The Great Battle” tells the story of courageous General Yang Man-chun (Zo In-sung) from Goguryeo (37 B.C.-A.D. 668) and sold 814,000 tickets from Friday to Sunday at 1,380 screens, according to data provided by the Korean Film Council on Monday. Since its release on Sept. 19, the film, which also stars Nam Joo-hyuk, Bae Seong-woo and Um Tae-goo, has sold a total of 4.5 million tickets.

Directed by Kim Kwang-sik of “My Dear Desperado” (2010), “The Great Battle” shows the epic fight between Yang and his troops trying to defend the small Ansi Fortress against half a million men from the Tang Dynasty attempting to invade.

“The Negotiation” moved up a spot to second place, with 370,000 tickets sold at 911 screens. The only holiday release that was not a period movie, this crime thriller stars Hyunbin as an illegal arms dealer who holds several Korean citizens hostage in Bangkok, and Son Ye-jin as a professional negotiator of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency who attempts to save the hostages through a successful negotiation with Hyunbin’s character.

Released on the same day as “The Great Battle,” “The Negotiation” has sold a total of 3.32 million tickets thus far.

“Fengshui,” set in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), arrived at third with 240,000 tickets sold. Starring Cho Seung-woo and Ji Sung, the movie tells the story of the futility of human greed through the depiction of people who fight over the perfect spot to bury their ancestors, which they believe directly affects the flow of where authority is directed.

“The Soul-Mate,” starring Ma Dong-seok, debuted in fourth.

In its first weekend, the comedy, co-starring Kim Young-kwang as Ma’s investigative partner, sold 172,000 tickets at 349 screens. This film revolves around a judo instructor (Ma) who cares about nothing else but his daughter, so he fails pay much attention to the injustices happening around him, an unusual role for Ma. But things start to change after the ghost of an overenthusiastic police officer in a coma (Kim), starts to haunt the judo instructor.

Horror movie “The Nun,” the fifth offering in the Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring Universe, rounded out the top five, with 117,000 tickets sold.

The latest in the horror franchise, which follows a priest with a haunted past and a young nun after they are sent to Romania by the Vatican to investigate the death of a nun possessed by a demonic being, is nearing a million tickets sold in Korea.

BY JIN MIN-JI [jin.minji@joongang.co.kr]





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