Kim's 'Weird' western shoots down competition

SEOUL — Local hit “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” succeeded in holding on to the No. 1 ranking at the Korean box office last weekend.

According to its distributor CJ Entertainment, pic accrued more than 1 million admissions on 720 screens during its second weekend, for an 11 day total of 4.13 million admissions and a gross cume of $ 26 million.

The ‘Korean Western’ was the quickest movie this year to the 4 million admissions mark.

One of the other big Korean summer releases “Sunny” opened Thursday on 598 screens and grossed $5.4 million from 870,000 admissions for distributor Showbox. That put it in second place.

Helmed by “The King and the Clown” director Lee Joon-ik, pic tells a story of an innocent Korean woman who becomes a ‘comfort singer’ in order to follow her husband during the Vietnam war.

With the two local films rampant other films didn’t make much impression on the chart. Jodie Foster-starrer “Nim’s Island” ranked at No.3 in its second weekend, taking an estimated $2.5 million gross from 400,000 admissions. In fourth, “Red Cliff” played on 328 screens and added 123,000 admissions during the three day weekend, lifting its cume to $9.13 million.

Having opened on July 17 and ranking at No.8 in the previous week, Japanese animation “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s New Great Adventure into the Underworld” jumped up to No.5 with almost unchanged 60,000 admissions in its second weekend. Distributor Daewon Media reports a $970,000 cume from 154,000 admissions in two weeks, with auds mostly school kids now on summer vacation.

Still playing on 215 screens, the Kang Woo-suk helmed police procedural “Public Enemy Returns” lifted its cumulative gross to $27 million from 4,290,000 admissions.

Pic passed the four million admissions mark in 25 days, joining an elite club that among local films this year contains only “Forever the Moment” “The Chaser” “Public Enemy Returns” and “The Good, The Bad, The Weird.”

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