'Vengeance' draws in $7.3 mil in home market

HONG KONG — South Korea’s “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance” came out guns ablazing, beating expectations in its debut this weekend. Pic drew 1.5 million moviegoers over the four-day weekend, posting an estimated $7.3 million in its home market.

“Lady Vengeance” is the third in a trilogy by director Park Chan-wook, who kicked off the series with the poorly received “Sympathy for Mister Vengeance” and followed up with Cannes honoree and local and international hit “Old Boy.”

“Lady Vengeance,” in competition in September’s Venice Film Festival, has already notched up over $5 million in pre-sales.

But B.O. trackers will be watching to see if “Lady” has legs. The film will be facing off against other local blockbusters, including war movie “Welcome to Dongmakgol.”

Although “Lady Vengeance” was given a wide release, Korean distrib CJ Entertainment had penciled in 2 million in ticket sales. That figure is being revised substantially upwards. Pic opened on 370 prints Thursday, expanding to 410 over the weekend.

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