‘Face Reader’ passes 8 million admissionsDirector Han Jae-rim’s film “Face Reader” has kept its top position at the Korean box office for yet another weekend, adding 641,786 admissions from Friday to Sunday, according to the Korean Film Council.
The movie, starring Song Kang-ho as a man in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897) with the ability to understand people’s characters just by examining their faces, has pulled in more than 8 million admissions altogether since its release on Sept. 11, earning 58.3 billion won ($54.3 million).
“Face Reader” is now the fourth movie this year to exceed 8 million admissions, achieving the feat in just 19 days.
The Hollywood horror movie “The Conjuring” came in second over the weekend, bringing in 448,000 admission to bring its two-week total to 1.56 million.
After a strong summer, local movies had a weak weekend, with only three Korean movies in the Top 10. Following “Face Reader” was “The Spy” in third and “Jit” (or “Deed”) in 10th.
Another Hollywood movie, “Runner Runner,” starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, made its debut in fourth with 94,000 admissions.
“Monsters University” was fifth while “Despicable Me 2” came in sixth and Woody Allen’s latest, “Blue Jasmine,” opened in seventh.
BY LEE SUN-MIN [firstname.lastname@example.org]