Koreans harvest ‘Divine’ box office

Pic stays on top for a second week

SEOUL — “The Divine Weapon” topped South Korea’s box office for the second consecutive week despite a battery of new releases.

The pic added 646,000 admissions or $4 million from 603 screens over the three-day holiday weekend, giving a cumulative gross of $11.4 million from 1,820,000 admissions to date.

International hit “Mamma Mia!” ranked No. 2, with a further $3.6 million from 576,000 admissions on 518 screens in its second weekend pushing its cume to $10.2 million.

Local pics showed strong performances as usual during the Chusok holidays, celebrating the fall harvest.

“Rough Cut,” a debut feature by helmer Jang Hoon, opened at No. 3 with 283,000 admissions or $1.6 million for distributor Studio2.0. It’s grossed $2 million from 326,000 admissions from its opening on Thursday through the weekend.

Scripted by the helmer Kim Ki-duk, pic follows the story of a gangster who is involved with a movie star. Korean Wave star So Ji-sub (TV’s “Sorry, I Love You”) as the gangster has drawn critical and public acclaim. 

Another local opener, “Our School’s E.T.” took fourth place with $1.2 million from 202,000 admissions in a 386-screen release handled by distributor SK Telecom. The K.C. Park-helmed comedy features Kim Su-ro (“Big Bang”) as a clumsy English teacher who struggles to survive in a high school.

Nicolas Cage starrer “Bangkok Dangerous” only managed fifth place, taking 87,000 admissions, or $548,000, for distributor SidusFNH and a total of $623,000 from 99,000 admissions to date.

Two new Japanese movies also made the chart. “20th Century Boy” opened in sixth place, adding 70,000 admissions, or $441,000, on 270 screens during the holiday period. It is handled by NEW, a collaborative distributor working with restructured buyer Megabox. That took its cume to $661,000.

Japanese megahit “Boys Over Flowers: Final” ranked seventh with $283,000 from 45,000 admissions for Lotte Entertainment. Pic was lifted by the enduring popularity of the original Japanese comics and a Taiwanese TV series in South Korea.

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