Three domestic films shine at the local box office

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Three domestic films shine at the local box office

Three Korean films took the top spots at the local box office over the weekend, according to the Korean Film Council.

The record-breaking movie “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” saw the biggest audience over the weekend, attracting a combined audience of more than 14 million. That record pushed down “Avatar,” previously the most popular Hollywood film in Korea that had more than 13 million admissions.

“The Pirates,” starring actor Kim Nam-gil and actress Son Ye-jin, also continued its positive run, staying in the No. 2 spot at the box office. Ticket sales from the action-comedy accounted for nearly 30 percent over Friday to Sunday.

The Korean film “Haemoo,” which opened here on Wednesday, ranked third. The movie, featuring Park Yoo-chun from the boy band JYJ, made 4.8 billion won ($4.7 million), taking a 12.6 percent share of weekend ticket sales.

Meanwhile, two Hollywood movies also made the top five. The animated movie “Planes: Fire and Rescue” took the No. 4 spot while “The Fault in Our Stars” came in fifth. Both premiered here on Wednesday.

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

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