‘Veteran’ still on top, but ‘Beauty’ starts strong

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‘Veteran’ still on top, but ‘Beauty’ starts strong

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Baek Jong-yeol’s debut feature “The Beauty Inside” opened nationwide with 486,209 attendees over the weekend, landing it in second place. It depicts the heart-rending love story of Yi-soo (Han Hyo-joo), left, and Woo-jin (Park Seo-joon), who wakes up everyday in a different body. Provided by Next Entertainment World

It is still a sizzling summer for “Veteran,” which stayed in first place for the third consecutive week, inching closer to the 10 million admissions mark. Fantasy romance flick “The Beauty Inside” also made a notable debut in second place.

Ryoo Seung-wan’s action comedy “Veteran” attracted 1.3 million moviegoers in Korea over the weekend, making 10.9 billion won ($9.1 million), according to the Korean Film Council on Monday. Its three-week total now amounts to 71.1 billion won.

Former adman Baek Jong-yeol’s debut feature, “The Beauty Inside,” adapted from a 2012 Intel and Toshiba web commercial series, attracted 486,209 moviegoers, collecting 3.9 billion won.

With more than 20 notable actors playing the role of 29-year-old Woo-jin, who wakes up every day in a different body, the film has been making headlines for quite some time. Actress Han Hyo-joo plays Yi-soo, who falls in love with the ever-changing Woo-jin.

Although the film has received mediocre reviews from local film critics for containing a bland love story, the contemporary romance film handled by Next Entertainment World is off to a fairly good start.

The soft melodrama apparently won the hearts of 20-something female viewers.

According to the CGV Research Center, 65.8 percent of those who saw the film were female, and 54.8 percent of the viewers were in their 20s.

Meanwhile, the popularity of Choi Dong-hoon’s historical action film “Assassination” didn’t subside in its fifth week at the local box office. Garnering 484,214 attendees over the weekend, it has now been seen by 11.5 million moviegoers, raking in 90 billion won so far.

Marvel’s ambitious reboot of “Fantastic Four” debuted in a moderate fourth place, attracting 234,521 moviegoers, which roughly translates to 1.8 billion won.

Late summer horror flick “The Chosen: Forbidden Cave,” directed by Kim Hwi, opened with 64,228 attendees in eighth place. This film was nominated as the closing film at this year’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.

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