‘Interstellar’ still in orbit at Korea’s box offices

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‘Interstellar’ still in orbit at Korea’s box offices

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“My Love, Don’t Cross That River,” originally a documentary on KBS, was adapted into a movie, which opened in sixth place this week. Provided by CJ Entertainment

Christopher Nolan’s space odyssey “Interstellar” dominated the local box office over the weekend by pulling in 908,556 moviegoers, according to the Korean Film Council on Monday.

The sci-fi flick managed to stay in the first spot for four consecutive weeks, making 7.4 billion won ($6.6 million) in Korea so far.

Its monthlong screening has attracted 8.3 million viewers in total, putting it in fifth place among Korea’s 2014 releases. First place is taken by local period drama "The Admiral: Roaring Currents," followed by Disney's animation "Frozen."

Analysts predict that “Interstellar” will be the last film in 2014 to finish with 10 million viewers.

In second place was Lee Jung-jae’s comedy-action movie “Big Match,” which debuted with 428,031 tickets sold. Mainly focused on comedy, the film resembles a human death match when Lee’s character Ik-ho is forced to risk his own life in order to save his older brother. If he fails, the ticking bomb on his ankle will explode.

Brad Pitt’s war movie “Fury” was in third place, adding 310,334 tickets to its 1,018,136 total during its two-week screening.

Lagging behind by a thin margin last week was Jennifer Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,” which struggled to keep up with “Fury” by attracting 137,498 cinemagoers over the weekend, making its two-week total 772,232.

“Dumb and Dumber To,” which enjoyed wide popularity in its opening week in the United States, debuted in Korea in fifth place with 97,986 tickets sold.

Distributed by CGV Movie Collage, local film “My Love, Don’t Cross That River,” which depicts the heartrending story of an elderly couple who has been living together for 76 years, opened with 54,045 viewers. Having one of the widest releases as a documentary film, the story of Cho Byung-man and Kang Kye-yeol first came to light in 2011 through the TV program “Screening Humanity,” a documentary by public broadcaster KBS, before it was adapted into a movie.

“Hector and the Search for Happiness,” a best-seller that was turned into movie starring maverick English actor Simon Pegg, debuted in eighth place with 36,850 tickets sold.

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