Director Cho Chang-min’s fourth feature film “Masquerade” has continued to dominate the domestic box office. The historical movie was selected as the most-watched film in the country for third consecutive weeks with 1,379,364 tickets sold between September 28 and 30, according to data compiled by Korean Film Council [KOFIC] on Monday.
Starring Korea’s heartthrob Lee Byung-hun, actress Han Hyo-joo, actors Ryoo Seung-ryong and Kim In-kwon, "Masquerade" is expected to be one of the hottest films of the second half of the year by raking in over 38 billion won [approximately 34 million U.S. Dollars] in just 18 days of opening on September 13. Set in the Middle Ages of Korea, "Masquerade" tells the story of a low class man named Ha-sun becoming the king of the Joseon Dynasty Gwang-hae [both depicted by Lee].
Following the solid winner is the newly released French action flick "Taken 2." The Liam Neeson starrer made a strong debut at No. 2 by selling 961,805 tickets during the same period. In the meantime, last week’s runner-up “The Spy” slipped down to the third place with 275,007 admits.
While the American 3D animated movie “Brave” debuted at the No. 4 spot with 208,613 admits, comedy film “Ted” made its debut as the fifth place, rounding out the top five with 66,326 tickets sold last weekend.
Other movies in the top ten include Korean actor Lee Je-hoon’s “Fortune Teller,” Japanese animated feature “Wolf Children,” Spanish animated movie “Tad: the Lost Explorer,” Venice-winning film “Pieta” and the Hollywood action flick “Resident Evil: Retribution.”