‘Gone Girl’ remains at top in Korea

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‘Gone Girl’ remains at top in Korea

Amid a string of foreign and domestic releases at the box office, David Fincher’s spine-chilling “Gone Girl” has taken over the No. 1 spot for two weeks in a row, according to the Korean Film Council yesterday.

Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as a couple who have been married for five years, the film presents a radically dark side of marriage, making viewers shiver at the thought of experiencing a similar disaster. It sold 452,683 tickets over the weekend, bringing its two-week total to 1,226,438.

Domestic film “We are Brothers,” an offbeat comedy about siblings who reunite after being separated during childhood 20 years before, has remained in second place since opening on Oct. 23. At theaters nationwide, 243,239 viewers selected the movie this weekend.

“My Dictator,” starring actors Park Hae-il and Seol Kyeong-gu, opened in third place with 207,684 ticket sales. The film’s theme touches on how Korean fathers are under pressure to carry out a role as head of the family, no matter how solitary this may make them feel.

Lim Chan-sang’s remake rom-com “My Love, My Bride” was in fourth place with 134,645 tickets sold. The film, which opened on Oct. 8, broke the two-million mark this past weekend and has earned 16 billion won ($13 million) so far.

In its second week, “Red Carpet,” director Park Bum-soo’s comedic yet humane depiction of the adult film industry, stepped down a notch from last week’s fourth place to No. 5, with an audience of 68,827 watching the film over the weekend.

British mystery-thriller “Before I Go to Sleep” opened in eighth place, selling 26,182 tickets. The film, based on a best-selling novel of the same title by S. J. Watson, features Nicole Kidman in the lead role as Christine, a woman who wakes up every day with no memory of the past. Her mysterious husband Ben is played by Colin Firth.

BY JIN EUN-SOO [jes@joongang.co.kr]

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