‘Inside Men’ stays in 1st among weak new releases

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‘Inside Men’ stays in 1st among weak new releases

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British crime thriller “Legend,” a biopic about the notorious gangster twins Ronald and Reginald Kray - both played by Tom Hardy - opened in fifth place in the Korean box office. [ISU C&E]

New releases showed lackluster performances while local political thriller “Inside Men” continued to reign at the box office during the slow second weekend of December.

Brian Helgeland’s classic British crime thriller “Legend” opened in fifth place with 111,785 ticket admissions, earning 921 million won ($778,000).

Based on the biography of two notorious gangster twins titled “The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins,” the film features Tom Hardy playing a double role as the twins. London in the 1950s and ’60s is the backdrop.

Italian director Gabriele Muccino’s heartrending family drama “Fathers and Daughters” opened in ninth place, attracting 28,266 moviegoers and earning roughly 221 million won.

Amanda Seyfried plays the protagonist Katie, who was raised by an abusive and depressed father (Russell Crowe). The film explores the aftereffects of an early estranged relationship between father and daughter, as Katie struggles to form deep and genuine relationships with others.

Animations performed strongly at the otherwise quiet box office.

The Korean animated film “Pororo3: Cyber Space Adventure” opened in third place with 149,181 tickets sold, while the Japanese feature “Boruto: Naruto the Movie” attracted 34,467 moviegoers, landing in eighth place.

Woo Min-ho’s webtoon-based movie “Inside Men” maintained its top spot for the fourth consecutive week, amassing a total of nearly six million tickets sold and 5 billion won. It is the second movie this year to stay in first place for four straight weeks after Ryoo Seung-wan’s summer blockbuster “Veteran.”

Riding on the back of this success, an uncut version of the film that lasts for three hours - 50 minutes longer than the original one - will be released on Dec. 31.

Meanwhile, in the North American box office, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay ? Part 2’’ marked its fourth straight weekend in first, while Ron Howard’s whaling tale “In the Heart of the Sea’’ capsized.

It was a quiet weekend at movie theaters there as well. Few studios wanted to push out a new release days before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens’’ lands. That left the final chapter of the “Hunger Games’’ saga to remain No. 1, earning $11.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

“In the Heart of the Sea,’’ starring Chris Hemsworth, was the only major new release. But its hopes sank with an estimated $11 million despite a production budget of around $100 million.

In limited release, Adam McKay’s finance farce “The Big Short’’ opened strongly with $720,000 in eight theaters.

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


KOREA BOX OFFICE

1.Inside Men

2.In the Heart of the Sea Pororo

3: Cyber Space Adventure
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