‘Friend’ sequel beats new ‘Hunger Games’

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‘Friend’ sequel beats new ‘Hunger Games’

Two big sequels went head-to-head in theaters in Korea this weekend - Kwak Kyung-taek’s “Friend: The Great Legacy” and the Hollywood blockbuster “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” - and the winner was Kwak’s latest “Friend.”

The sequel to 2001’s record-setting “Friend,” “The Great Legacy” (also just called “Friend 2”) held onto the top stop despite this being the film’s second weekend in release.

“The Great Legacy” made more than 3.59 billion won ($3.38 million) from 472,872 admissions over the weekend to bring its cumulative box office to more than 17.2 billion won, according to the Korean Film Council.

“Catching Fire” made 2.86 billion won from 397,000 admissions over the weekend, or 3.36 billion won since its release in Korea on Thursday.

Despite “Catching Fire” being a bigger success than the original in the United States and elsewhere, its Korea opening was down from the first “Hunger Games,” which had 454,000 admissions.

Director Hong Ji-young’s new movie “Marriage Blue,” about five couples a week away from getting married, opened in third with 2.26 billion won.

Fourth went to “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” with 1.76 billion won.

BY LEE SUN-MIN [summerlee@joongang.co.kr]
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