[News] “New World” Sits at No. 1, “Miracle in Cell No. 7” Surpass 10 Mln Audience Mark.
Korean crime movie “New World” has become the new winner atop the weekend box office, while “Miracle in Cell No. 7” became the first Korean comic drama to reach the 10 million moviegoers milestone.
The noir action pic dominated the local box office after drawing in 860,754 cinemagoers on its opening weekend of February 22 to 24, Korean Box Office information System [KOBIS] showed Monday.
Starring big name stars Lee Jung-jae, Choi Min-sik and Hwang Jung-min, director Park Hoon-jung’s second film is being well-received by local film lovers thanks to the thrilling ensemble of the threesome and a story full of suspense.
Despite the emergence of the new box office hit, Korean comic drama “Miracle in Cell No. 7” had no trouble getting its 10 millionth moviegoer on February 23 and sat at No. 2 after pulling in 855,942 in admissions in the same time frame.
With a relatively small production budget of 5.8 billion Korean Won [approximately 5.3 million U.S. Dollars], the tale of a father and daughter in jail became the 8th Korean film to achieve the overwhelming record, becoming the first 10-million-admissions film for the mid-sized distribution firm NEW.
While “The Berlin File,” the Korean action flick by director Ryoo Seung-wan, slid down to No. 3 with 303,727 admissions, the new mystery thriller “An Ethics Lesson,” starring Lee Je-hoon, Cho Jin-woong and Moon So-ri, made its debut reaching the fourth spot after attracting 104,494 cinemagoers.
“Delhi Safari,” a 3D animated movie from India, rounded off the top five after posting 90,837 admissions last weekend.
Other movies which amused local moviegoers last weekend were Jeremy Renner’s new actioner “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” Korean romcom “How to Use Guys with Secret Tips,” U.S. action franchise “A Good Day to Die Hard,” director Kim Ji-woon’s foray to Hollywood “The Last Stand” and Danish animation “Marco Marco.”