‘Non-Stop’ top movie in Korea, United States

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‘Non-Stop’ top movie in Korea, United States

Liam Neeson’s latest action-thriller “Non-Stop” made its debut in first place at the weekend box office both in Korea and the United States. According to the Korean Film Council, the movie had 704,968 admissions in Korea from Friday to Sunday, earning 5.6 billion won, or $5.2 million.

Last week’s No. 1, “Pompeii,” dropped to No. 2 on 299,732 admissions. The special-effects-filled disaster movie has pulled in more than 1.1 million admissions since its release on Feb. 20.

The top Korean film of the weekend went to the comedy about an old woman who mysteriously finds herself back in her young body, “Miss Granny.” With 276,511 admissions over the weekend, the film has now surpassed 8 million admissions since its release on Jan. 22.

No. 4 went to the new Korean release “Tabloid Truth,” which had 229,275 admissions. Disney animated film “Frozen” fell to No. 5 but continued to make its mark, passing 10 million admissions on Sunday. Having earned 80.4 billion won so far in Korea, “Frozen” has done better domestically than anywhere else in the world, save North America.

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” which won best picture Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards, was No. 6 with 122,012 admissions.

George Clooney’s latest film, “The Monuments Men,” was seventh, followed by “Venus Talk” in eighth.

No. 9 went to the Korean movie “The Apostle: He Was Anointed by God,” which has had 356,531 admissions since its Feb. 13 debut.

“Robocop” rounded out the No. 10, adding just under 26,000 admissions to bring its total to 974,430 since Feb. 13.

In the United States, “Non-Stop” was also the top movie, ending the three-week blockade at the top spot held by “The Lego Movie.” “Non-Stop” ascended in its first weekend with $30 million domestically and $20 million internationally, according to studio estimates Sunday.

“I think the fact that audiences were ready for a suspense thriller has a lot to do with the film’s success, and obviously Liam is an absolute box office draw,” said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal. “One of the main reasons people were coming to see the film was Liam.”

Fox’s “Son of God” debuted closely behind “Non-Stop” in second place with $26.5 million domestically. The film recounts the story of Jesus’s life using footage from the production of the History Channel’s 10-part miniseries “The Bible.”

BY KIM HEE-EuN, AP, Contributing writer [estyle@joongang.co.kr]

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