‘Beauty’ tops Korean box office

Film brings in $2.3 million

Local period drama “Portrait of a Beauty” dominated at the Korean box office over the weekend. Pic grossed $2.3 million from 500,000 admissions during its four-day run on 538 screens. The results were encouraging given the audience restrictions due to its strongly sexual themes.

Released on the same day, local pic “Antique” also did decent business, ranking at No. 3 with $1.9 million from 536 screens. Comedy, about a rich man’s son and his quest for true love, skewed to younger audience demographics than “Portrait,” particularly with students who finished college entrance exams last week.

Last weekend’s topper “Quantum of Solace” maintained a wide 591-screen release but slipped to No. 2, adding $1.4 million from 311,000 weekend admissions, taking its cume to $6.6 million.

“My Wife Got Married” ranked at No. 4 in its fourth weekend with $317,000 while “Bank Job” took fifth place, adding $197,000 from 261 screens to its total of $2.2 million.

Among new releases, Swedish horror film “Let The Right One In” ranked at No. 8 with $92,000 while helmer Randall Miller’s “Bottle Shock” opened at No. 10 with $89,700 from 124 screens. Releases were handled by Guam and Lotte Entertainment respectively.

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