‘Divine Weapon’ tops Korean B.O.

Film scored $1.4 million at its two-day previews

SEOUL — Korea’s local historical epic “The Divine Weapon” captured top spot at the weekend box office, after five weeks in which the charts were dominated by the sequels of “The Mummy” and “Batman”.

Having earlier scored $1.4 million at its two-day previews, the CJ Entertainment “Weapon” added 630,000 admissions or $3.9 million during the weekend and has accumulated $6.2 million from 667 screens.

After also previewing the previous week, “Mamma Mia” opened officially this weekend and ranked at No.2. It achieved $3.4 million from 540,000 admissions on 516 screens and pushed its cume to $5.1 million.

After its record-breaking four week atop the Korean B.O., “The Dark Knight” slipped to third place with 137,000 admissions, for $860,000. But it is still playing on 333 screens and has amassed a cume of $24.9 million.

Germany-UK co-produced docu “Earth” opened at No.4, scoring 70,000 admissions or $497,000 from 211 screens for distributor CJ Entertainment. Pic was given a powerful boost by narration voiced by popular star Jang Dong-kun (“Tae Guk Gi”.)

Animation “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” took the fifth place with 50,000 admissions or $340,000 million from 261 screens in its first weekend for distributor Warner Bros.

Holdover for local pics occupied lower rungs of the chart. “Death Bell” ranked seventh adding 22,500 admissions or $141,000 on 175 screens and has now grossed $10.2 million. Eighth was “Eye for an Eye” with 13,000 admissions or $81,900, adding up to a $12.9 million cume for distributor Lotte Entertainment.

CJ’s “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” finally passed the 7 million ticket sales mark last week, adding 12,000 admissions, or $75,000, and took its cume to $44.2 million.