'Miracle' tops as 'Highway' parks at No. 2
Local comedies dominated the Korean box office during a weaker-than-usual Lunar New Year’s holiday, with CJ Entertainment’s “Miracle on 1st Street” heading the pack with $6.6 million in six days.The fourth work by helmer Yoon Je-gyun (“Sex is Zero”), the dramedy about a gangster trying to evict the residents of a poor neighborhood, opened on 390 screens and is earning a high rating among viewers, according to ticket reservation site Maxmovie. Following at No. 2 is Studio 2.0’s “Highway Star,” which took $4.5 million on 332 screens. Pic stars Cha Tae-hyun (“My Sassy Girl”) as a rock singer who is tricked into singing Korean-style country music. Last week’s No. 1 film “A Day for an Affair,” financed by iHQ and distributed by Cinema Service, landed at No. 3 in its second week and has amassed a total of $9.6 million. Meanwhile, CJ Entertainment’s high-profile “Voice of a Murder” is losing steam after opening to boffo biz on Feb. 1. Pic stands at No. 4 on 285 screens, having accumulated just under 3 million admissions ($20.6 million). Hollywood pics “Bridge to Terabithia” ($1.3 million), “Rocky Balboa” ($1.2 million), “Flags of Our Fathers” ($1.0 million) and “The Queen” ($0.3 million) all ranked at No. 5 or below in their opening week. Taken as a whole, the Lunar New Year holiday — usually a busy time for moviegoing — turned in numbers that were a shade below even most normal weekends. The timing of the holiday, which fell from Saturday to Monday, plus the lack of event pics, is being blamed for the low turnout.