Batman sequel tops opening frame

SEOUL — Following its domination of the U.S. box office for four weeks, “The Dark Knight” topped the Korean box office in its opening frame last weekend.

The Batman pic has made $6.9 million on 1.09 million admissions since its release on Aug. 6 at 576 screens. This is the highest box office record among Batman series released in Korea, beating the previous record holder “Batman Begins” that attracted 980,000 audiences in its opening frame.

Pixar’s “Wall-E” also opened last weekend, but ranked a disappointing fifth, grossing $1.9 million on 310,000 admissions.

However, even Batman has not been able to keep up with the pace of “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.”

Last weekend “The Mummy” ranked at No.2 with 448,000 admissions in three days, taking its cume to $20 million from 3.19 million admissions. It passed the 3 million ticket sales mark in 11 days, the fastest performance for a foreign movie in Korea this year.

The most surprising performance of last weekend was that of local horror movie “Death Bell.” Pic ranked at No.3 with $3.3 million gross on 536,000 admissions for distributor SK Telecom.

Pic was produced on a $1.3 million budget, but it succeeded in filling the traditional niche market for summer chillers that other distribbers abandoned this year.

Local champion, “The Good, the Bad, the Weird” ranked at No.4, pushing its total on to $37 million.

According to distributor CJ Entertainment, pic passed 6 million ticket sales mark on Saturday, a first for any film this year in Korea.

CJ added to the life of the franchise by releasing the Cannes version of the film on Aug. 6, which has a slightly different ending to the local cut.

At No.6, “Eye for an Eye” attracted 200,000 admissions in its second weekend, grossing $8.9 million to date.

Right behind “Eye,” one of Korea’s big hopes, “Sunny” waned conspicuously, achieving a $10.2 million cume in its third weekend, but adding only 63,000 admissions.

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