‘Martian’ lands No. 1 audience spot
The opening tally outpaces that of recent films such as “The Throne,” which opened with 1.3 million, and “Ant-Man,” which opened with 1.1 million.
“The Martian,” which has Matt Damon in the leading role backed by a handful of other quality cast members including Jessica Chastain and Jeff Daniels, is an optimistic survival story of a stranded astronaut on Mars.
Left behind on the planet and considered by his teammates to be dead, Mark Watney (Matt Damon), a NASA astronaut, survives on the planet using his botanical knowledge and lots of optimistic energy.
The sci-fi adventure has earned 14.9 billion won ($13 million) so far in Korean theaters.
Nancy Meyers’s “The Intern,” enjoyed another smooth weekend, selling 490,026 tickets in its third weekend.
The feel-good workplace comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway has been seen by 2.3 million moviegoers so far, making 18.1 billion won.
Local courtroom drama “The Advocate: A Missing Body” debuted in third place with 453,196 ticket sales.
Distributed by CJ Entertainment, the film, fully charged with thrills and comedy, features Lee Sun-kyun as an egotistical lawyer who thinks winning a trial is more important than protecting justice.
Up-and-coming actress Kim Go-eun also shows a satisfactory performance, playing a young, bullheaded prosecutor trying to defend justice no matter the outcome.
Lee Joon-ik’s period drama “The Throne” was in the fourth spot with an accumulated attendance of 6 million, which roughly translates to 47.2 billion won, while “The Accidental Detective” was in fifth place.
Meanwhile, “Pan,” loosely based on the “Peter Pan” fairy tale, opened with a lackadaisical performance of 126,554 ticket sales, landing in sixth place in the Korean box office.
BY JIN EUN-SOO [firstname.lastname@example.org]