SEOUL – Two days into a four-day weekend prolonged by the Korean Thanksgiving holiday, local gambling actioner, “Tazza 2” claimed the top spot at the box office, ahead of Luc Besson’s “Lucy.”
Despite having an over-19 rating,”Tazza 2″ accounted for 28% of business over the Chuseok weekend, a time when family-oriented films usually dominate. Five days after its Sept. 3 release it had scored 9.71 billion won ($9.70 million) from 890 screens nationwide for Lotte Entertainment.
Following it was “Lucy” handled by UPI, grossed $7.39 million including previews. Starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, “Lucy” marks Korean actor Choi Min-sik’s foray into Hollywood. The sci-fi thriller also opened Sept. 3
Another Sept. 3 opener, family drama”My Brilliant Life,” handled by CJ Entertainment, took the third spot. Helmed by E J-Yong (“Actresses,” “Scandal”) and starring two of South Korea’s most bankable stars, Kang Dong-won and Song Hye-gyo, the film took $3.35 million.
“The Pirates,” a second Lotte Entertainment title, slipped from first position to fourth. The period comedy action pic has garnered $55.98 million since bowing Aug. 6.
Still lingering in the chart – in eighth spot — was record breaker “Roaring Currents.” The period actioner this week passed the unprecedented 17 million ticket sales mark and now stands on a cumulative score of $132 million.