‘Interstellar’ shines for 3 weeks at No. 1 in Korea
For three weeks in a row, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” has not budged an inch from its No. 1 place at the Korean box office. It added another 1,265,631 viewers last weekend, bringing its total to 6,865,803.
According to statistics by Box Office Mojo on Sunday, Korea became the third-highest grossing country for the film after the United States and China, pulling in 56.2 billion won, or $50.5 million.
Brad Pitt’s war movie “Fury” debuted in second place, beating out Jennifer Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1” by a thin margin. The former garnered an audience of 389,243 on 529 screens while the latter opened with 387,785 moviegoers on 630 screens.
“Fury,” which was promoted by Pitt himself when he visited Korea on Nov. 12 with co-star Logan Lerman, is set in the last year of World War II when a five-member American tank troop lead by Sgt. Wardaddy (Pitt) fights against countless German soldiers.
Local movie “Cart,” which hones in on the difficulties of temporary workers in Korea, brought in 115,392 viewers during the weekend. Since it opened on Nov. 13, it has attracted 668,941 viewers, making 4 billion won.
Kim Sang-kyung’s family drama “Dad for Rent,” where the actor successfully puts on a goofy act as a libertine dad, opened in fifth place with 84,268 tickets sold.
Comedy-action “Big Match” starring Lee Jung-jae, Shin Ha-kyun and Boa was in 10th place with 8,322 moviegoers despite only screening as a premiere event.
The main motif of the film resembles that of the “Hunger Games” franchise. The film opens nationwide on Wednesday.
BY JIN EUN-SOO [firstname.lastname@example.org]